Photo by Mac Kilduff

A wonderfully complex rum cocktail using every bit of “the jewel of the south,” this loquat drink is well worth the wait. Be sure to buy a new bottle of rum because you’re going to be wanting this cocktail on repeat.

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yields

One drink

    Ingredients
    For the cocktail
  • ounces loquat-infused rum (recipe follows)
  • ¼ ounce loquat simple syrup (recipe follows)
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Ginger beer to finish
  • Lime twist for garnish
  • Loquat for garnish
  • For the loquat-infused rum
  • 2 (1-quart) Mason jars
  • 1 bottle silver rum
  • cups loquats
  • Cheesecloth
  • For the loquat simple syrup
  • 1 cup sugar,1
  • ¼ cup loquats
steps

For the cocktail: Shake first three ingredients together and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add a dash of bitters and top with a splash of ginger beer. Garnish with a lime twist and skewered fresh loquat.

For the loquat-infused rum:

  1. After rinsing loquats, peel them over a strainer resting in a mixing bowl, letting the juice collect in the bowl beneath. Using a paring knife, split loquats lengthwise, again letting juice collect in mixing bowl. Remove seeds and discard; place deseed-ed fruit in a separate bowl. Once all loquats are deseeded, combine juice with fruit.
  2. Split rum, loquats, and any excess juice evenly between Mason jars and seal tightly. Store jars in a cool, dark place for 1 week, occasionally shaking contents. After a week, strain rum through cheesecloth. Best if enjoyed within 2 months.

For the loquat simple syrup:

  1. After rinsing loquats, peel them over a strainer resting in a mixing bowl, letting the juice collect in the bowl beneath. Using a paring knife, split loquats lengthwise, again letting juice collect in mixing bowl. Remove seeds and discard; place deseeded fruit in a separate bowl. Once all loquats are deseeded, combine juice with fruit.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool and strain.
  • Recipe by Vince Lendacki of Amen Street, Charleston, South Carolina

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