The Fussy One
- 2oz Rum Blanco
- 3/4oz Lime Juice
- 3/4oz Vanilla syrup
- 3/4oz Fresh Beet juice
Garnish: Lime wheel
Next week sees some big achievements for me. On Monday 28th January I will have been living in the States for 5 years…then on 30th January I will be celebrating my 1st ‘Bloggerversary’. Yep, this little blog will be one year old on Wednesday!
The above drink recipe was created lovingly by my Beverage consultant boyfriend Greg Bryson, as a nod to me…and my fussiness! This drink is nothing short of delicious, and perfectly fits my personality. The use of beet juice gives it an almost healthy taste and vegetive flavors, for some reason the beet reminds me of carrots at times too. When Greg first met me (read about me) I would never have eaten a vegetable by choice, so incorporating it in a drink with my namesake is pretty smart and somewhat amusing.
This drink has everything I love combined. It has Rum as the base (my favorite), it’s Sweet, Strong, Pink, Fruity and Girly. (Add a dash of crazy and it would be describing my personality!)
In essence this drink could be described as a Vanilla Beet Daiquiri, but I prefer to call it by it’s new name… “The Fussy One” 🙂
Head on down to Greg’s new Venice location of Hostaria Del Piccolo on Wednesday for a drink to celebrate. Greg will be making this recipe as well as loads of his other creations, it’s going to be a fun night.
A big thanks to all my readers, keep following and commenting. I love your suggestions and feedback!
Here’s to many more years of eating, drinking and blogging…
The Fussy One xx
3/4oz Apple Verbena Syrup
3/4oz Fresh lime juice
1 bar spoon Ground Cinnamon
Garnish: Lime wheel skewered with ground cinnamon.
This is another great drink inspired by Fall flavors. It is basically a ‘Jack Rose‘ with the addition of cinnamon. I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of cinnamon, but once in a while it really works in a drink and this recipe is a perfect example of such. Apple and cinnamon are a great pairing, especially for an Autumnal feeling.
For those who don’t know, Applejack is one of Americas oldest alcoholic spirits and is completely produced from apples. It was historically made by concentrating hard cider using the traditional method of freeze distillation. The term applejack actually derives from the word jacking, a term for freeze distillation. The product sold in stores today is no longer produced using this traditional process, however they maintain the product created is almost identical to the applejack available in colonial times.
The Melabu is another option from the ‘Autumn menu’ at Hostaria Del Piccolo in Santa Monica and was created by their beverage director Greg Bryson. It is a drink that is slightly sweet but not over the top, I think it will appeal to a lot of people in these colder months.
- 2oz Metusalum Rum
- 3/4oz Beet Juice
- 3/4oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 3/4oz Simple Syrup
Original UK recipe:
- 60ml Havana Club
- 20ml Beet Juice
- 20ml Sugar Syrup
- 20ml Fresh Lime
This drink popped to mind this morning after I was thinking of Beets in a salad and I remembered the wonderful Beet drink that Brand Ambassador for Havana Club, Meimi Sanchez had created. We had the pleasure (my boyfriend and I) of having an in depth talk with Meimi at London Cocktail Week last year about Havana Club and it’s history. Part of the talk included tasting a number of cocktails, and the recipe above was the one that stood out for me in particular. In true Fussy One style, I admit I had never actually tasted a beet until I had this drink, it was so delicious that I have continued to enjoy the deep red-purple Vegetable ever since.
The beauty of this drink is in the vibrant appearance from the natural colors in the Beet juice, the drink itself has an almost ‘healthy’ taste (if that makes sense) and you can taste the vegetable flavors. I felt like I was cleansing my system even though I was drinking alcohol, hard to describe but it just tastes good for you!
The version we had in London (Uk recipe is above) was created using Havana Club Rum (I adore!). Obviously most people in the US cannot get their hands on Cuban rum due to the Embargo, so Metusalum Rum is a good alternative. The overall drink is sweet, refreshing and stunning in appearance, it’s a daiquiri at heart so great for summer.
Anyway, give it a go and let me know what you think!