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SHF#7: Black and Sticky?

22-Apr-2005

SHF = Sugar High Friday, a blogging event started by the Domestic Goddess last year.  This month’s host is Derrick at An Obsession with Food.  His ingredient of choice?  Molasses – but he left it wide open and said:

"Molasses, the thick and sticky byproduct of sugar production. You can use any kind of molasses, from light to blackstrap. You could even use pomegranate molasses or some more exotic breed if you’d like. Brits can substitute treacle (dark or light). Go crazy with this smoky-flavored and somewhat bitter ingredient. "

With this, being my first entry, I had all kinds of exotic plans but, as luck would have it, the day got closer, my life got busier and my original ideas had to be put on the back burner.  Not that that is a bad thing mind you…

Quite some time ago I purchased a bottle of Pomegranate Molasses.  I was perusing the aisles of Big John’s PFI and stumbled across several types of molasses!  How fun!  The pomegranate jumped out at me, because several months prior R had used this in a cocktail she had created for our Moroccan Dinner Party.  I’d been meaning to recreate that cocktail for quite some time. 

Well, today just happens to be the perfect day – not only is it warm and sunny (especially on the deck) but it’s Friday!  And a Sugar High Friday, at that! I had to make some changes to the original recipe since I didn’t exactly have everything on hand and because I wanted to adjust it slightly to my taste.  It would be fun to continue tweaking (but I really need to mow the lawn…) but it’s awfully good as is!  Thanks so much, R!

R’s Original Recipe:

Moroccan Martini
(2 drinks)
1 sprig fresh mint
1 – 2 tsp. Pomegranate Molasses
¼ fresh lime
3 oz rum (white)
Ice

Seltzer

Put first 5 ingredients in shaker glass. Muddle until lime juice and mint are thoroughly mixed and drink is chilled. Divide between two martini glasses. Top with seltzer water.

Add slice of lime for garnish.  

The Fool’s Version
(1 drink)
Medium sprig of fresh mint
1 generous tsp Pomegranate Molasses
¼ fresh lime
Dash of simple syrup, to taste
1 1/2 oz rum (white would be best, but I used golden)
Ice

Club soda

Slice of lime or sprig of mint, to garnish

Put first 6 ingredients in bar glass and muddle until mint and lime have released juices and mixture is thoroughly chilled.  Pour into chilled martini glass, top with a little club soda (to taste), then garnish with mint. 

Enjoy!

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4 Comments
  1. Kat permalink
    23-Apr-2005 4:17 am

    The Moroccan Martini,Hi I tried the yummy drink I did not have the sprig of mintBut it was yummy anyway

  2. Culinary permalink
    23-Apr-2005 9:18 am

    Glad you enjoyed it, Kat! The mint does add a nice flavor, so try it with next time! :-)

  3. Megan permalink
    25-Apr-2005 9:42 am

    YUM!! That sounds great! My favorite drink in Seattle is at the Jitterbug in Wallingford. It\’s basically the same drink except with vodka instead of rum and the rim is coated with sumac sugar. It\’s sooo good!

  4. Brenda permalink
    25-Apr-2005 5:53 pm

    Sumac sugar!?! You\’ll have to enlighten me on that one. Whatever it is it sounds great! I\’m going to be visiting the Hi-Life soon, maybe they will have a similar version – watch your email for more info. :-) Actually, it\’ll make it here to the blog, too! ~ B

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