Cocktail Recipe: "La Mora" from Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables
Signature drink based on French Caribbean rum history.
Hotel Colonnade--a 157-room luxury Starwood property in Coral Gables, Florida--has researched the roots of rum in the nearby Caribbean to develop a signature, locally influenced cocktail called "La Mora", which means blackberry in Spanish (and la mûre in French). F&B Director Roger Vivas explains the drink's key historical ingredient:
"The cocktail's story is based on the French influence in the Caribbean using Agricole White Rum. Rhum Agricole is the French term for cane juice rum, a style of rum originally distilled in the French Caribbean islands from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice rather than molasses. Cane juice rums from Martinique are labeled "AOC Martinique Rhum Agricole" because French and European law allowed a designation called "Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée" (protected designation of origin) for rums produced on the island of Martinique that meet certain local standards.
"To the drink, in order to make a rounded flavor, we added Velvet Falernum which is a liquor from Barbados with a low proof rum infused with lime zest, ginger root, cloves and other whole spices, almond and sugar.
"Lastly, we added Giffard Cassis Noir de Bourgogne. The slow maceration of “Cassis Noir de Bourgogne”, harvested in the Val de Loire, gives to this liqueur all its powerful and generous aromas; bringing out sweetness and fruit to the nose."
1 oz. Agricole White Rum
½ oz. Velvet Falernum
½ oz. Giffard Cassis Liqueur
½ oz. Lime Juice
2 Whole Blackberries
Muddle the blackberries in a mixing tin.
Add ice and the remaining ingredients.
Shake and strain over crushed ice.
Garnish with a blackberry.