Monday, February 13, 2012

When Life Gives You Cherimoya

You know how it is when you've got already sliced cherimoya in your fridge--that quickly sliming fruit is just calling to be muddled. That was the case last evening, so I figured, "It tastes like a citrusy pear, and has that pear mouthfeel, so let's see what we can do." And those thoughts begat:

Cherimoya of the Board

(makes two)

cherimoya, seeded, peeled (enough to cover the bottom of a standard shaker about an inch deep)
4 oz. Hangar 1 mandarin orange vodka
1.5 oz. Grand Marnier
1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 dashes orange bitters (per drink)
1 drop high quality extra virgin olive oil (per drink)
1/2 lime wheel garnish (per drink)

Muddle that cherimoya--if it's tough going, add that lime juice to help slosh it all along. Add the vodka, Grand Marnier, ice, and shake. Pour into two chilled up glasses, which will be hard as that cherimoya, even muddled, will clog up the works. Add a couple of dashes of orange bitters per drink; then pour a drop of olive oil atop each--with a knife tip, swirl that across the drink's surface. Add the lime wheels.

The olive oil is really for a contrasting texture to the pulpier cherimoya. Here's a drink that leaves you going--is that sweet? sour? can I have another?

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