A few months ago my husband and I dropped by Sydney’s, Rockpool Bar and Grill for an over due date night treat. Like any other place, we always try and aim to sit at the bar. Thankfully Rockpool has an amazing bar area, which we definitely took full advantage of. From their dramatic art deco decor, wine glass chandelier directly above you and (what we came for) an infamous beef burger, we were very excited to be here.
Weighing up what to order from the cocktail menu, I came across a drink called, ‘Cuban Cinema’. Without hesitating, I ordered this exceptionally named drink and waited patiently for it.
Sounds great doesn’t it? And it certainly was! Forget their infamous beef burger (which we did order and it was delicious) but this cocktail turned up and took the lime light.
“Why was it so good”, I hear you cry? Well I asked Bar manager, Ryan Gavin how they conjured this sorcery and he took me through the whole process:
“We take Pampero Anejo Rum and infuse it using a technique called “fat-washing”. This is a technique pioneered by Don Lee from New York’s “PTD” that used a fat compound such as butter or animal fat to carry any non-porous flavour into a spirit- a technique commonly used in the perfume industry to infuse delicate aromas.
We then combine salted popcorn with melted butter (YUM) and infuse lightly before mixing entire solution with the rum. This will then sit at room temperature for 1 hour before being refrigerated for 24-48 hours. Upon removing from the fridge the infused liquid is strained through a thick cheese cloth before use. Liquid will clarify further if allowed to settle and sediment is decanted. The popcorn rum is then simply built in a rocks glass over ice with a small amount of house made lime cordial, lime juice and a touch of cola”.
What you basically have here is an amazing take on a “Cuba Libra” with the addition of popcorn overtones, hence the name, Cuban Cinema. Salty, sweet, toffee, caramel, fruity and obviously popcorn flavours made this a phenomenal drink. I am still trying to work out if this is down to the recipe or the Pampero Anejo Rum they used? Either way, it was amazing, and I now need to grab myself a bottle of Pampero Anejo Rum to try for a future blog post 😀
In conclusion, I can honestly say that this is the best cocktail I have ever had! Nothing compares to this cocktail and I doubt anything ever will. It has etched itself into my brain forever and I never want it to leave!