It was a long time ago we had some drinking action here at Tingling Taste so I think it’s about time to change that bad habit by presenting a fresh, fruity and refreshing cocktail with kiwi and white rum. I used Bacardi Superior for this drink, but feel free to use any white rum available. The simple yet powerful flavor with a grassy, butterscotch hint makes Bacardi great for various kinds of drinks and works well together with fruity, citrusy flavors such as kiwi. I mean it’s not for nothing that fruit and rum cocktails such as Mojito, Piña Colada and Daiquiri have become immensely popular. And the rum really does it’s thing with this drink, it makes the flavor more full bodied and round in a way that’s hard to explain.
A few weeks ago we were at, according to us, one of Stockholm’s best restaurants called Smak (taste). To be honest we don’t go out to eat that often, but among the restaurants we tried so far this one is definitively in the top segment. All the dishes and cocktails served at Smak has a main flavor – an example is the cocktail “ginger”, which obviously has ginger as its characteristic taste. Alongside the ginger the drink was flavored with golden rum, honey, lime and Angostura. I really like the idea of letting one flavor shine through and accompany that main ingredient with fitting attributes. That was also what I had in mind when I created this drink. I simply chose kiwi to be the star in the cocktail and then I made some research around which flavors go well with kiwi. And the result…? It turned out mega tasty and fresh 🙂 Try it!
Kiwi is a true health cure packed with vitamins and fibers that are good for digestion, the cardiovascular system and the immune system. Most stone fruits as well as fruits and berries where the seeds are consumed are rich in fiber. Raspberries, strawberries, guava and pears are other examples of fibrous fruits (click here for a more complete list). Just think of how many luscious drinks you can make out of these healthy goodies. Drinks that you can indulge without any feeling of guilt. Or that might not just be the case… 🙁 I believe the alcohol and the simple syrup ruins my lovely thoughts. Or might the health benefits balance out the not so nutritious parts with this drink? I don’t think so, but as I said lovely thoughts.
I used a mix of both green and yellow kiwis because i believe it gives the drink more character. The yellow one adds tropical flavors and sweetness while the green one contributes with tangy fresh attributes. I also decided to include the seeds since I find the crunchy small black seeds quite pleasant (and as we just learnt it’s in the seeds that most of the good stuffs are). Something happens in your mouth when you bite into one, it adds bitterness and it gives the drink a robust but yet elegant taste. Besides when you see the seeds you know what flavor to expect.
Regardless of its health value I just want to clarify – one of these cocktails contain about 2,5 kiwis so have that in mind when you shake this goodie up 😛 Sometimes you just have to treat yourself with a nice cocktail. What makes you feel good is also good for you!
Kiwi Rum Cocktail – 1 Glass
100 g kiwi puree
40 g white rum (i.e. Bacardi Superior)
40 g simple syrup
20 g lemon juice
100 g club soda (neutural sparkling water)
8 yellow kiwis
4 green kiwis
2 ½ dl caster sugar (212 g)
2 ½ dl water (250 g)
Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a pan and bring up to boil. When the sugar is dissolved remove from heat and let cool. Place in the fridge to chill down completely.
Puree: Cut the kiwis in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Mix the pulp with a hand mixer or in a food processor until pureed. Sieve off the seeds for a smooth drink or leave them in for a rougher result. Place in the fridge to chill.
Drink: Combine kiwi puree, rum, simple syrup and lemon juice in a glass. Stir with a spoon or a chopstick so all the components get well combined . Top the drink of with some club soda and stir again but this time do it gently to preserve the sparkling bubbles. Add a good handful of ice and enjoy!