The Avocado Project

11 Apr

It’s week 6 in 52 Weeks of Mixology and the theme is ‘Inspired by TV/ a movie’.
I was stumped for a while as all I could think of were Vespers and White Russians- neither of which I wanted to make. But a YouTube binge brought me to one of my favourite short films- Fresh Guacamole by PES.
Watching this for the umpteenth time reminded me of a drink I’d seen in my recently purchased ‘Make mine a martini’ by Kay Plunkett-Hogge.
The drink – The Avocado Project- was created by Julian Cox for Picca and though I didn’t have the specific rum it calls for I dove in with what I had and the end result was worth it.

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The recipe is:
– 60ml Banks 5 Island Rum
– 30ml fresh lime juice
– 1 1/2 tsp raw agave nectar
– 2 heaped tbsp sweetened avocado puree (in the end I used 3)

The recipe for the puree is:
– 1 ripe avocado
– 3 tbsp raw agave nectar
– 1/4 tsp lemon juice

To make the puree:
Mash the avocado flesh with the agave and pass through a fine sieve. Add the lemon juice.

To make the drink:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the cocktail ingredients and shake long and hard (it needs lots of shaking to dilute enough to pour well)

The result was very nice but I wanted more avocado so added an extra tbsp of the puree and shook some more.
The end result was great- an avocado taste with a lime hit. The flavours all mixed well with the rum and the drink had a creamy mouthfeel from the avocado.

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