Most of us think that we’re buying fresh fruits in the market in the grocery, but let me say this: you haven’t experienced fresh until you slice a fruit just minutes after picking it off the tree. Our kaffir lime tree is once again bearing fruits faster than I can use them so I thought… why not a Christmas cocktail drink?
So, I went out into the garden and picked a few kaffir limes. Then, I started preparing drinks. As I cut the first kaffir lime, I was totally aware of how the skin burst with aromatic oil. The beautiful aroma hit my nose and, as I lifted half of the fruit, the juice was already dripping down my fingers even before I started squeezing. That is fresh. I wish that I could have taken photos but my hands were wet from the lime juice, and it wasn’t a good idea to touch the camera under such circumstances.
But what makes a drink a Christmas cocktail? It’s just a label, truth be told. But considering that the colors red and green usually dominate Christmas, I thought the name was fitting. Mixed with rum, raspberry flavour ginger beer, fresh kaffir lime juice and simple syrup, this Christmas cocktail drink is as delicious as it is colorful. Can you imagine serving this for brunch on Christmas?
This is not a sponsored post. I just included the rum and ginger beer in the photos in case you want a more visual ingredients guide. Bacardi rum is a staple here at home; Crabbie’s raspberry flavour ginger beer was something that caught my interest while browsing the alcohol section at Landers a few days ago. It’s good, I tell you. More tart than sweet, and bold. Not to mention the delectable hue.
And the lime juice? Does it have to be kaffir lime juice? No, you can use regular lime juice. But please use fresh.
A Christmas Cocktail
- 2 oz rum
- 4 oz raspberry flavour ginger beer
- 2 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 oz simple syrup
- lime slices to garnish
Chill two cocktail glasses. It doesn't matter what shape. I used margarita glasses to get more "red" in the photos but you can use highball glasses or whatever you prefer.
Fill a shaker with ice.
Pour in the rim, raspberry flavour ginger beer, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake. Pour into glasses.
Decorate the glasses with slices of lime.