I couldn't resist the bright colour and sweet fragrance of these blood oranges at the market this week, I came home with a big bag of them and promptly set to squeezing myself a drink.
I've never been much of a rum drinker, until recently, I was introduced to an amazing rum from Venezuela that's changed all that, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva. Aged for 12 years in wood barrels, it's incredibly smooth, the flavour reminds me of a rich caramel with a touch of spice.
This cocktail simply combines the sweet bright red juice from a blood orange with the spicy heat of ginger syrup and a shot of this rich amber rum. I personally guarantee it will brighten your day and warm your bones.
For each serving you will need:
- the juice from 1 blood orange
- 1 tablespoon ginger syrup*
- 1 ounce Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exlusiva
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice, a quick shake to mix, and pour into a small glass. Garnish with a slice of blood orange, and enjoy.
This simple syrup infused with fresh ginger is a very versatile base for lots of tasty beverages. Try it with lime and sparkling water, or muddled berries and prosecco, or simply added hot water with a squeeze of lemon. It adds a little spicy sweet heat to the mix.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup raw cane sugar
- 2/3 cup fresh ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
Over medium low heat, bring all of the ingredients to a slow simmer in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Strain solids, and decant the syrup into a clean bottle or jar. This will keep in the fridge for a week or so.
Ron Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is available locally at Bishop's Cellar.