Work brought me to Nairobi this month and what a great opportunity to visit friends around the city. It was a sunny Sunday and my friend Panos organized a BBQ to match the beautiful weather and enjoy the garden of his new place.
Of course we started the day with a refreshing fruity cocktail and lots of laughs.
- 2 oz/shots White Rum (I prefer Havana Club 3 anos)
- 1 oz/shot honey syrup (dilute 1 tbs honey in one oz/shot hot water)
- fresh orange juice
- 3-4 dashes Angostura or other available orange bitters (optional)
- 1 big mint spring
- 1 slice of pineapple, 1 strawberry, cucumber to garnish
- ground cinnamon
- crushed ice
And now what?
In a shaker, mix the rum with the honey syrup , the orange bitters and ground cinnamon. Add a couple of mint leaves and muddle to bring the aroma out from the leaves. Fill a Julep glass preferably with crushed ice , pour in the mixture and top up the glass with fresh orange juice. Add the fruits on top of the crushed ice and finish the garnish with the big mint spring. Make sure you you have filled the glass with a lot of crushed ice. In case the liquid mixture covers the ice add more ice before finishing with the fresh fruits.
Have a sip and smile! All Juleps need a good stirring with a straw, make sure you use your straw to deep and muddle more the mint spring in the crushed ice. You will love the freshness and smells from the cinnamon-mint reaction.
Goodmorning from Nairobi.