Cocktails with Pimento

Can`t stop mixing with this! i made a few drinks when i reviewed Pimento and when i did that post i wished i could of added a few more drinks but that had to be left to a later post.

There´s so much nice drinks you can do with it and it´s just so nice to top up with a little pimento and you get a nice strong bite of ginger and chili to give any cocktail a kick!

So here´s a few more drinks with Pimento:

Pimento Punch

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2 oz rhum agricole ( i used JM Reserve Special)

0.5 oz orgeat ( sugarcane syrup would work just fine too)

0.5 oz fresh lime juice

Top with Pimento

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe that is rimmed with dark molasses sugar (or other dark sugar) and drop a thin slice of fresh ginger in the glass.

The formula is like a daiquiri with rhum agricole and orgeat or maybe we should say ti punch with orgeat!

This drink is light and fresh with a gingery note, perfect summer drink. You can double the recipe if you want and serve in a rocks glass instead, it really does go down quick!

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2 oz aged cachaca

0.5 oz sugarcane syrup

0.5 oz fresh lime juice

Top with pimento

Add a generous float peychauds bitters

Shake with ice, except the pimento and peychauds and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice almost to the top. Top with pimento then add some more crushed ice to fill and finally pour a generous float of peychauds bitter on top of the ice.

Garnish with a roughly cut lime peel.

A spicy drink….

Pimento Mojito

MOJITO with Pimento

Gently muddle mint with sugarcane syrup (or fine sugar) and add 0.5 oz fresh lime juice and 2 oz white rum, i choose a flavorful rum like Plantation 3 Stars, El Dorado 3 year barrel aged or Denizen.

Top up with Pimento.

So here you go, Pimento is one of the perfect mixers!

Pimento is like a strong ginger beer with a hot bite of chili and a refreshing tonic quality.

As for now it`s sold in France, England, Holland, Denmark, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Africa, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Tahiti, Australia, Guadeloupe and Haiti and they are looking for distributors and can be contacted on their website.

Agave Syrup – Not so Natural and worse than HFCS

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 Picture credit Dominik MJ Schachtsiek

Agave Nectar Is Not A Natural Sweetener!

Stumbled upon an article about agave syrup while browsing around in the Dubai Bartender Club. The article is written by Dominik MJ Schachtsiek – bartender and writing a blog called  “The Opinionated Alchemist”. I had no idea that it was that bad with agave syrup – and therefore i wanna share his article here.

Here´s a a part of it:

Truth has to be told, I was always under the impression, that agave syrup is similar healthy as honey. It is natural, so it has to be good, duh…

Turns out, that it isn’t! Agave nectar is not a traditional product, it is not a “pre-stage” of pulque [the quite nasty agave brew, which are nowadays rarely consumed, however was the alcohol of choice for the indigenous civilisations of Latin America, before the conquestadors shared their distilling and beer brewing expertise].

Agave nectar is very similar produced like high fructose corn syrup. It is produced by breaking down the inulin [a complex carbohydrate] of the agave piña into mostly fructose.

Which stuns me is, that it is obviously even worse than HFCS. While latter contents 55% fructose, agave syrup contains 70%.

Read the whole article here.

I had no idea…me too was thinking that it was as good as honey – which btw i just heard that nowadays the honey you buy in usual grocery stores is NOT good for you. It has been modified with chemicals. The only good honey is purchased at natural food stores.

Geez…what CAN we safely eat?

As for syrups…better stick to the old fashioned way…i make my syrups at home, it´s easy, it´s cheap and you know what you get. Unless you buy from someone you know does it right – like BG Reynolds – for example.