In my last post of Accras ( small cod bites), I mentioned the rum cocktails that they are served with.
These cocktails are probably the most famous cocktails of Martinique and Guadeloupe and give a real meaning to the expression “sun downers” when you can watch the sun disappear over the horizon from a terrace overlooking the Caribbean. All you need to add is some talented pianist in the background or a band playing zouk music.
Short of being there, the next best thing is to make those cocktails and invite a few friends to share them with.
To start with, try to find some good white rum. In Martinique and Guadeloupe, the best is “Rhum Agricole”, meaning it is still made in a traditional way from freshly-pressed sugar cane juice.
You will also need to use the pure sugar cane syrup but if you cannot find it, make your own by dissolving 125g caster sugar in 100ml water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and remove from heat immediately or you will end up with caramel !
60 ml white rum
20ml sugar cane syrup
1/2 lime cut into chunks
A cooled tumbler
1. Crush the lime in the glass and add the sugar cane syrup.
2. Add the rum and stir.
3. Decorate with a slice of lime.
200 ml white rum
50ml sugar cane syrup
50ml of guava juice
50ml passion fruit juice
Juice of 1 lime
1. Pour the rum, fruit juices and sugar syrup and crushed ice in a cocktail shaker.
2. Grate the nutmeg.
3. Shake and pour into a tall cooled glass.
4. Decorate with a slice of lime.
Enjoy with a plate of freshly cooked accras.