Thank you to the House of Suntory for partnering with Half Full and sponsoring this Bartenders At Home cocktail video.
What inspired you to create this cocktail? “Summer is almost here and I wanted to create a citrusy cocktail using guava, which is a popular fruit in Puerto Rico where I’m from.”
When would you serve this drink? “I would serve this drink around noon and throughout the day. It is perfect for just relaxing on the patio enjoying the weather and hanging out with your neighbors.”
What music would you pair it with? “Anything tropical: bachata, Latin jazz, etc. It’ll give you the sense that you’re on an island and enjoying a vacation.”
What food would you pair it with? “Finger food! Some small pimento cheese sandwiches, empanadas, turnovers, deviled eggs and, if you’re feeling fancy, a cheese board!”
Name the person (dead or alive) you’d like to make this cocktail for. “I would love to make this cocktail for Residente, a Puerto Rican rapper. Maybe he’ll get inspired and write a song about it! It would be awesome to hear the song on the radio and yell ‘that’s my cocktail!’”
By Zulcoralis Rodríguez
- 2 parts Roku® Gin
- 1 part Lemon juice
- .75 part Guava Syrup*
- 10-12 Mint leaves
- Glass: Collins
- Garnish: Mint sprigs and guava wheel
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with mint sprigs and a guava wheel.
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Sugar
- 4 Guavas, halved & deseeded
In a saucepan boil the water, sugar and guavas until all the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. When the guavas are tender, crush the fruit with a masher in the pot. Continue simmering for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Once the guava syrup is cool, strain and refrigerate it.
Interview has been condensed and edited.
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