Happy Fall Friends! Just when we think it is never going to return, we feel that crisp breeze and the scent of Fall is in the air. In Texas, Fall is a very welcome old friend and a great time to sit on the patio with friends and loved ones sipping on a delightful cocktail. This week we are sharing a cocktail with you that complements the season well. The Rojo has a full bodied flavor that is perfect for sipping on a cool autumn night around a fire.
To make the Rojo, you will need Zaya Rum or another high quality dark rum, fresh lime juice, brown sugar syrup, and medium bodied red wine. To make the brown sugar syrup, follow the same directions for making simple syrup. This time you will use a 1:1 ratio of brown sugar and water.
The Rojo gives us an opportunity to share some new elements with you that are popular on the cocktail scene. The first new element is the trend to garnish drinks with dehydrated citrus fruits. We adapted the recipe a bit, and noticed that it was garnished with a dehydrated lime. So we partook in a little experiment to see how to go about creating this effect. Apparently, dehydration has become popular in many bars and restaurants to prevent wasting so many citrus fruits at the end of a shift.
To dehydrate limes we thinly sliced a lime. Then we placed the limes on parchment paper on a baking sheet. We set our oven as low as it would go, which was 200 degrees. If you can set your oven lower, we would suggest trying it. Place the baking sheet in the oven and let the limes slowly bake. This process will take almost all day long. We checked on our limes every hour- two to make sure that they were not burning. After about 4 hours, we took our limes out of the oven and flipped them over. As you can see, our limes dehydrated and caramelized a bit. However, if you are lucky enough to have a dehydrator, your limes will only dry and not change color. We still think that our dehydrated lime gives our drink and interesting garnish, and the limes are now sitting in our pantry ready to be used for other drinks or plopped in a glass of ice water for a lime flavor.
Another fun element that brings a little extra sizzle to your cocktails is adding a red-wine floater. To create this effect in your cocktail you make the cocktail as directed and pour into your glass. Then very gently drizzle wine over the back of a spoon to disperse the wine atop the cocktail. This creates a thin layer of wine at the top of the drink, and makes for a visually pleasing cocktail. If you need to see how to make a float in action, we found this helpful video on YouTube.
The last element that makes this drink special is ice. We have shared with you before the importance of matching the right ice to the right cocktail. You want to use a large cube with the Rojo. If you don’t, the floater will not have as big of an effect and the drink will have less visual appeal.
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- 1.5 oz. Zaya Rum
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- .75 oz. brown sugar syrup
- .5 oz (or less) medium-bodied red wine
- Shake the first 3 ingredients with ice, then strain into a glass with a large ice cube.
- Carefully pour the wine atop the drink to create a layered effect.
- Garnish with fresh lime or dehydrated lime wheel.
We would love to hear what you think about the Rojo. It is a fun drink to make and even better to drink! Happy Fall.
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