Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Flower Power!

Here’s a recipe from Rhiannon Enlil, a young woman who’s made her career in the hospitality industry creating and serving craft cocktails. She consulted on the cocktail menu for the newly-renovated Hyatt Regency NewOrleans’s bar Vitascope.
A “daisy” is a type of mixed drink dating back to the 1870's, and is typically made with spirit, sugar, lemon juice, seltzer water and a either orange cordial or raspberry cordial. Here, we've made our daisy with two types of rum and house-made cranberry syrup for a tart and spicy seasonal refreshment.  
Red Rum Daisy
1.5oz Cruzan Aged Light rum
1oz lemon juice
1oz house-made spiced cranberry syrup*
dash simple syrup (to taste)
.75oz soda water
.5oz Goslings dark rum (float)

Build in a tall glass with ice, the light rum, lemon juice, cranberry syrup and simple syrup, then stir briefly to integrate ingredients. Add more ice if necessary, top with soda water and float dark rum. Garnish with a skewer of fresh cranberries and serve with a straw.
*To make the spiced cranberry syrup, heat 100% cranberry juice over low heat with cinnamon, clove, anise, and all-spice until the mixture is reduced by half, then strain and add equal amounts of sugar.

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