California Dreamin’ {a kiwi rum cocktail}

When inspiration strikes in the form of a kiwi rum cocktail the only thing to do is run with it. And run with it I did.

California Dreamin' : a kiwi rum cocktail :

After munching on a few kiwi slices, I felt the need for some rum. But not just any rum – I wanted grassy, earthy rum agricole made from sugar cane. Rather than throwing back a shot of just straight rum, I opted for a kiwi rum cocktail. Because that’s how we do things around here.

Kiwi rum cocktail with rum agricole :

So, kiwi and rum agricole were the starting points for the drink. For the citrus portion, I chose to do a combination of lime and lemon. Salers Gentiane Liqueur added some bittersweet, earthy notes. I found the drink to be a little off balance and needed a tiny bit of sweetening without any extra flavor. A splash of simple syrup fixed that problem and the drink was done.

kiwi rum cocktail :

For some reason, this drink immediately reminded me of California. Not sure if it was the St. George California Rum Agricole or something else, but that’s what hit me. As did the name California Dreamin’. So I’m just going to roll with that. And drink another one since I still have kiwis on hand. Cheers!

California Dreamin'
Step into the sun with this kiwi rum cocktail made with a grassy, earthy rum agricole, muddled kiwi, citrus and Salers.
Serves: 1
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced (reserve 1 slice for garnish)
  • 1½ ounces rum agricole (I used St. George California Agricole Rum)
  • ½ ounce Salers
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup (1:1)
  1. Add all kiwi except for 1 slice to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Pour in remaining ingredients (except for the reserved kiwi slice) and fill shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the reserved kiwi slice and enjoy!

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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4 comments… add one
  • pam (Sidewalk Shoes) May 13, 2015, 7:50 am

    I knew I was saving my kiwi for something delicious! I would love it if you would link this up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  • Andy May 20, 2015, 4:49 am

    Rum with it! 😀 Gonna have to try this myself – sounds mouthwatering…


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