Strawberry Shrub

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

The topic of Shrub use in cocktails could be the subject of an entire book itself (in fact, it is!). Shrub was a way to preserve many different types of fresh fruit prior to the widespread use of refrigeration. Due to their widespread abundance during season, coupled with the rather short life of the ripe fruit, strawberries were a highly popular fruit to use in a shrub. All shrubs are basically a combination of fresh fruit, sugar and vinegar. The vinegar acts as a preservative and has the added value of being beneficial in many other ways. There are recipes for “cold process” shrub and “hot process” shrub; we prefer the hot process in our shrub preparation.

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  1. In a large pot over medium heat, warm the apple cider. Add sugar. Continue to heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add in strawberries, and allow to simmer until the strawberries are soft and mushy. Now comes the tricky part; begin straining the mixture through a series of stainless steel mesh screens. Start with a larger sized mesh, working down. You can strain shrub as little or as much as you want; for a relatively clear liquid strain through a coffee filter in the last stage. We prefer to leave some of the pulp in the shrub, but it is truly optional on your part. Shrub can be stored (without refrigeration) for up to a year. For best results, heat up after straining and pour warm into mason jars; seal and store in a cool, dry place such as your storage pantry.

Coconut Mojito

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

This quick and easy variation on the Mojito uses Seven Jars Rum and natural coconut flavours to bring out a true tropical taste! We dare you to try one of these and not picture yourself on a beautiful island beach! BTW, the first question we always get here is “What is the difference between Coconut Milk and Coconut Water?” The short answer is coconut milk is processed from the “meat” of a coconut. Coconut “water” is the liquid contained in a green coconut; it is high in potassium and considered by some to be a healthy drink. Coconut milk is actually comprised of coconut cream and coconut water, and may separate out at cooler temperatures. Properly mixed, coconut milk is thicker in texture and actually has a different flavour than coconut water; it is also higher in fat, although it is made up of medium chain triglycerides (in other words NOT animal fat) and therefore some argue that it is actually good for you. SO, you have the best of everything!!

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  1. In a stainless shaker, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves. Add ice, coconut milk and rum. STIR, do not shake. Pour into cocktail glass, fill remainder of glass with club soda and gently stir again. Garnish with additional mint leaves if desired.

Mojito

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

When you make this classic with our craft style Seven Jars Rum, you’ll find a delightful, refreshingly simple drink that goes great on any hot summer day! The key to a great Mojito is not only using the right rum, but making sure that the mint is fresh and muddled properly. The idea of all muddling is to gently press the ingredient you are muddling to release the juices and flavors while avoiding bruising or worse grinding up the ingredient so that it becomes “floaters” in the drink.

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  1. In a stainless shaker, muddle the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves. Pour into a Highball glass; add ice, then pour rum over the ice. Gently stir, distributing mint leaves throughout the mixture. Fill remainder of glass with club soda and gently stir again. Garnish with additional mint leaves if desired.

Banana Daiquiri

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

Daiquiri Okay, here is one instance where the Bootlegger’s Version truly differs from the classic cocktail in a big way. We still use our elite Seven Jars Rum, but we also break down and use a blender. The original recipe calls for mashing a banana, adding shaved ice and the other ingredients; while you can certainly still do that, virtually everyone has a blender these days, so why not take advantage of it? You will note that this is actually a close cousin to the Pina Colada, but instead of pineapple juice this one uses lime juice, keeping it in the Daiquiri family.

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  1. Add all of the ingredients into a blender. Fill approximately 1/2 way with ice. Blend until smooth, usually about 1 minute. Pour into a tall highball glass and serve. The amount of ice you use will actually dictate how much of and end product you create; if you fill the blender all the way up with ice, be sure to double the ingredients.
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SIDE BAR:

We have a truly  FANTASTIC recipe for a Banana Rum.  Like all of our products, the banana rum recipe uses real fruit (in this instance bananas, obviously); but real fruit provides a challenge.  It absorbs the alcohol, making the end product much lower proof.  There are ways around this, but in the instance of banana flavor there is one major impediment:  you cannot juice a banana.  The banana rum recipe left to us is outstanding, BUT we have not been able to reproduce the flavor, keep the proof where we want it AND not have a good bit of the banana pulp in the rum; so keep in mind that we are still working on this one.  In the meantime, this banana daiquiri recipe should hold you banana lovers over.

Daiquiri

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

Daiquiri A Daiquiri is one of the easiest drinks to make, and our Seven Jars Rum (made from Blackstrap Molasses) provides the perfect base. This classic Daiquiri recipe features our Seven Jars Rum and is easier to make than even the Bootlegger’s variation because it does not require a blender. Nothing wrong with a blender at all, BUT it is true that few, if any of the truly classic cocktail recipes require a blender.

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  1. Frost a daiquiri glass in the freezer or refrigerator. (alternatively you can substitute a large martini glass or even a margarita glass) In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the Seven Jars Rum, lime juice and Simple Syrup. Shake vigorously until the drink is thoroughly chilled. Strain the drink into the daiquiri glass.

Classic Martini (Gin & Vermouth)

A Seven Jars Special Recipe

This is one of two classic drinks presented in this book where we don’t have a Seven Jars product as the main ingredient (yet!). (However, the Bootlegger’s Version of this classic actually contains TWO versions, each featuring a different Seven Jars Vodka. There are two things to note in the Classic Martini recipe; the ratio of Gin to Vermouth, and whether the Vermouth is truly a “Dry” Vermouth or a “Sweet” Vermouth. One thing that is NOT up for debate is how the drink is served; it must be as cold as possible (thus Jame’s Bond’s insistence that his martini be “Shaken, NOT Stirred”) In keeping with the more traditional recipe that was popular during the time frame of the Flamingo Club, we offer the following classic recipe:

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  1. Frost a martini glass in the freezer or refrigerator. (alternatively fill martini glass with ice, add water while mixing drink) In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin and vermouth. Shake vigorously until the drink is thoroughly chilled. Pour the ice water out of the martini glass and shake any excess water from the glass. Strain the drink into the martini glass. Garnish with olive and serve.