Bartender Sara Justice stumbled across heirloom benne seeds (sesame seeds) when she lived in Georgia and thought they’d be a great savory addition to a cocktail, so she infused them into orgeat. “I love playing around with nuts and seeds in drinks, especially since my grandfather was raised by millers,” she says.
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Recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015
1 ounce white rum, preferably Botran Reserva Blanca
3/4 ounce Benne Seed Orgeat (see Note) or orgeat (almond-flavored syrup)
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce genever
1/2 ounce aquavit
How to Make It
In a cocktail shaker, combine the rum, Benne Seed Orgeat, lemon juice, genever and aquavit. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe.
Benne Seed Orgeat: In a small skillet, toast 1/4 cup benne seeds (a.k.a. sesame seeds) over low heat until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Transfer the seeds to a blender, add 6 ounces water and blend at low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a jar, cover and let stand for 24 hours. Strain the seeds out and discard. Return the liquid to the jar (you should have about 4 ounces) and add 1/2 cup Demerara sugar and 3/4 teaspoon orange flower water. Cover and shake the jar vigorously to combine. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Makes about 6 ounces.
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