Stranded in Paradise or (The Unexpected Virtue of Flightlessness)

Stranded in Paradise or (The Unexpected Virtue of Flightlessness)

Here at This and That Kitchen, we derive inspiration from a wide variety of sources – and sometimes finding inspiration can be as simple as taking a stroll down the produce aisle! In this case, a well-timed sale on kiwis at our local grocery store resulted in us developing a fruity, refreshing original cocktail that is perfect for summer! Tart and juicy with a hint of sweet nuttiness and an herbal mint character, this drink showcases everything that we love about the kiwi (a fruit we believe is seriously underutilized in the world of cocktails!) and serves as the ideal cocktail for a day at the beach or a sunny afternoon lying out by the pool or reclining on the deck with a good book! 

Ingredients:

For Cocktail:

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat (we use Small Hand Foods orgeat!)
  • 1/4 oz rich (2:1 ratio) simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1 small ripe kiwi, peeled
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Fresh mint (for garnish)

For Rich Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar (we use cane sugar!)
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions:

  1. To make rich simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring periodically to dissolve the sugar. When the mixture begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until sugar is fully dissolved. Let the syrup cool completely, transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate - if stored properly, the syrup should keep for up to a month!

  2. Combine rich simple syrup, kiwi, and mint in a shaker and muddle. Tip: When muddling drinks with mint, press down lightly a few times, twisting gently each time. Always try to avoid over-muddling (muddling for too long or shredding the mint leaves), as this can result in unwanted bitter flavors in your drink.

  3. Add rum, lime juice, and orgeat to the shaker and fill with ice. Tip: To make your life easier, try using a citrus press like this one!

  4. Shake and double strain into a champagne flute filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint. Tip: For shaken drinks containing fresh herbs (like mint), double straining can help keep small specks of herbs from ending up in your glass!

  5. Enjoy!

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