So remember how I got really pissy that The A-Z of Cooking didn’t actually deliver a Z? Well, there’s some snappy aphorism somewhere which is something like “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” or “Sisters are doin’ for themselves” which I can’t quite call to mind now. But it’s something along the lines of “If life doesn’t give you Z’s stop your snivelling and get out there and make some Z’s. So I did. And here is the first in a mini-series of posts on food starting with the letter Z.
Starting with the Zanzibar Cocktail!
This little beauty comes from the book The Cocktail by Jane Rocca.
I feel like I always say this but damn! This is good!
The main players are vanilla rum, passionfruit liqueur, cranberry juice, strawberries, blueberries and lime. It’s sweet and fresh and the cranberry and lime add a tangy tartness so it is not at all cloying.
I made my vanilla rum, following the recipe here. I did not add the simple syrup as thought this cocktail was going to be sweet enough. Also, I had not planned far ahead enough to let the mix steep for 3 months so I also added some vanilla essence to the rum along with the bean. I used it within about 3 weeks and it was fine. Probably better if you wait 3 months but that’s for people are a little more organised!
The recipe calls for crushed ice. I tried to do it like that but both days I made this were ridiculously hot and the crushed ice was melting before I could even get it out of the blender. So I used ice cubes instead.
The Zanzibar is a glorious colour. Just gorgeous!
When I was pottering around the internet I found this fabulous old travel poster for Zanzibar.
So I just had to make another so I could have a play…
This was a fun cocktail! Perfect for a summer’s day on a tropical beach? In Zanzibar maybe? Or by your side in an inflatable flamingo drink holder while lazing in a pool. Or just if you feel like something delicious to drink at any time.
Here’s the recipe:
And if you want more flamingo’s in your life (and who doesn’t?) you might also want to try the Flamingo Cocktail which you can find here.
Have a great week. I’ll be back with more Z’s in the not too distant!