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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.



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.


Death & Co

1 May

Death & Co is a bar we’ve been trying to get to visit for years. Even though we have stayed right by it in New York many times it always seems our attempts to visit combine with them having unannounced closures for private parties etc and we have to wait another year to try again. They don’t take reservations and all my attempts to ring and make sure they’re open result in nothing so I decided if we didn’t make it in this year I’d give up trying. Fortunately I’m more patient than that and although once again it was closed when we tried we gave it a second (or maybe 8th) chance and fortunately our attempt this time worked and we finally got to visit the bar everyone raves about.

After perusing the menu I chose a Heart Throb (Flor De Caña 4 Year Rum, Fresh Lime Juice, Combier Pamplemousse Rosé, Cinnamon Syrup) and it was good.

Heart Throb

Heart Throb

But sadly after waiting so long the bar didn’t do anything to capture us. Maybe we came on a bad night but it was dead and the atmosphere a real turn off. The two other customers and the staff didn’t seem like they wanted to be there and soon enough we felt the same and left.

Our drinks were good and maybe we or the bar were having a bad night so I’ll be sure to try again on my next visit- assuming I can catch them open.

Bristol Black Spiced Rum

23 Mar

All my recent daiquiris have ignited my love of rum and when on a recent visit to Blue Otter Wines I was shown Bristol Black Spiced Rum and decided to give it a try.
As soon as I opened the bottle the smell was liquorice, treacle and aniseed. The taste follows the smell with this being an unusual non-sweet spiced rum compared to others I’ve tried.
Whilst I normally love non-sweet drinks it wasn’t what I was expecting but it was enjoyable slowly sipped.
To see if I could sweeten it up I added some coke and the result was delicious – all of the flavourful spices but slightly sweeter so it felt smother and went down very easily…



Shaken Cocktails- Poisoned Oak

21 Dec

Followinf on from yesterday’s post the second cocktail in the latest Shaken Cocktails/ Cocktails by Post kit is a Poisoned Oak, again from  Trailer Happiness (and if I ever needed an incentive to visit them these two cocktails have been more the enough)

The recipe (and as always a lot more detailed and descriptive in the kit) is:

  • Juice of a lime
  • 2 level teaspoons of eucalyptus sugar (stirred into the lime)
  • 50ml white rum
  • 5ml Maraschino
  • 5ml Pomegranate molasses

All shaken over plenty of ice


The end result- wow! I thought yesterday’s was good but this was even better. The mix of sweet, sour and tangy is lip-smackingly good and the combination of flavours means it’s a drink that keeps you coming back for more. It has a real rum hit but the mix of other flavours perfectly compliments this and they are all well balanced. A winner.


Shaken Cocktails- Daiquiri

20 Dec

Moving house has meant I haven’t had a chance to use all the Shaken Cocktails/ Cocktails by Post kits I’ve received but when the latest one popped through our letterbox we wasted no time in trying it.


Daiquiris are often on a menu as something frozen, sweet, artificial and out of a packet so I have long avoided them. But this one promises rum with fresh ingredients so we took no convincing to try it.

The recipe, from Trailer Happiness, (and as always a lot more detailed and descriptive in the kit) is:

  • Juice of a lime
  • 2 level teaspoons of caster sugar (stirred into the lime)
  • 50ml white rum

All shaken over plenty of ice


The end result- amazing! It was fresh and flavourful with a real rum kick and the balance of sweet and sour was perfect. This is a drink I know I’ll return to again and again now I have tasted it in its purest form (and writing this weeks later this has now become a go-to drink when anyone comes over and it proves endlessly popular) For a drink that is so simple to make it has a taste that belies that and will keep you coming back for more. I can’t wait to try it with a dark rum and see the difference.

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