It’s Thirsty Thursday and I’m sitting in chilly NJ dreaming about islands. I have a grapefruit in front of me and I was feeling like using it for a cocktail. Feeling rather uninspired I called on my dear friend Warren Bobrow, The Cocktail Whisperer for some ideas. “Gin, he says.” And I love this. But I ALWAYS make gin cocktails, because I’m a gin woman. So he says, “whiskey… or rum.” “OOOOOH! I say… SPICED rum!” To which I get the desired reply, “Now we are talking.” So here we go! I arrived at the name from the most famous locations for cardamom and cloves, Malabar and Maluku, respectively.
Into a shaker with ice:
Juice of about 1/4 a grapefruit
1/2 oz (or more to taste) Royal Rose Cardamom – Clove Syrup (LOVE THIS STUFF!)
4.5 oz of your choice of spiced rum (I used a sample from Terressentia but would prefer something with a little more KICK both in terms of spice and proof. It was too “clean” for this cocktail.)
3 shakes of Angostura bitters
Shake till frosty
Pour in glass
Top with seltzer
I have in mind to use some Bitter End Moroccan Bitters (keeping my spice trail motif going) in this. I’m away from home but will try this as soon as I get back!