The New Year brings a new challenge: the goal is to feature a cocktail a week and I wanted to start with a fab serve that recently won the UK Ron Abuelo Raspao Cocktail bartenders competition. In order to enter, the competitors had to make use of a traditional Panamanian Raspao; a tool used by street vendors to shave ice
for use in drinks. A simple premise perhaps, but the competition revealed all manner of imagination in the serves.
In the end it was the competitor who was first up, Hedi Berkaoui, a bartender at All Star Lanes on Brick Lane who went on to win the competition. I’d been invited along as a guest judge (always a cool experience) and Hedi’s Bam Bam cocktail felt like it captured the spirit of the competition. The perfect, thirst quenching, street side serve that would be ideal at parties and festivals. It's too good to not share!
Bam Bam Ingredients (as used in the competition):
2oz (60ml) of Ron Abuelo Reserva
3/4oz (22.5ml) of fresh lime juice
3/4oz (22.5ml) of Taylor's Velvet Falernum
1/2oz (15ml) of Monin raspberry syrup *
1 & 1/4oz (37.5ml) of pineapple juice (I used fresh for the competition) - [Always use non-concentrate if at all possible - Pete]
3 dashes of absinthe (Can use Pernod as an alternative) **
Method: Build over shaved ice (crushed ice is possible too), swizzle, top with ice.
Garnish: Mint sprig and a raspberry.
Perfect for parties, just batch up a large volume and serve as needed.
* When I made this serve at home I used the Re’al Raspberry Puree
that I had in my fridge as an alternative. It’s quite sweet, so would advise easing back in this case, after all – you can always make it sweeter!
** We’ve come across a number of serves that call for dashes of absinthe. If you’ve an appropriate bitters bottle (like this: http://www.cocktailkingdom.co.uk/category-s/57.htm
) then you’re in business. As an alternative, we use one of those small PET spray bottles
that you get in the holiday essentials aisle in supermarkets. Grab a couple (we filled one with Angostura bitters) and fill another with absinthe. One 'spray' is an easy way of repeatedly measuring a ‘dash’. Also (and I know I’m going a little off topic here) a spray or two is an alternative to absinthe rinsing a glass such as the Maid in Cuba
cocktail calls for. More economic too!
Rum Databank: Ron Abuelo
Country of Origin: Panama