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Friday Happy Hour: Smooth Criminal

Friday Happy Hour: Smooth Criminal
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It was a sad day on the Rock last year as we watched the stirring hoopla surrounding the death of Michael Jackson. Well, I reckon as a fan of such majestic Zombie repertoire as Thriller, the least I could do was make a drink in respect.

Ingredients
  • 2 oz pear/ginger infused rum
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 oz soda water

Ingredients for infusion:

  • 1 bottle Cruzan Light rum
  • 3 large Bosc Pears
  • 4 0z Ginger

The Smooth Criminal

First we need to infuse our Cruzan Light rum.

Take 3 large Bosc pears and dice them into 1/2 inch cubes. Add this to your rum in a large mason jar and store it in a cool, dark place. Agitate it twice daily for 7 days.

After 7 days, add 40z of small 1/4 inch diced ginger and agitate/store for another 4 days.

On the 12th day, strain your infused rum with a french press, chinois, cheesecloth or coffee filter to get out all the little bits of pear and ginger. Then re-pour into the empty Cruzan bottle.

Now we’re ready to moonwalk!

Combine your infused rum, Cointreau, sugar and egg white over ice in a shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute, then add the soda on top and garnish with a fresh ginger coin.

The drink itself is floral, spicy and sweet. I’m sure a few kids who stayed at Neverland Ranch would say the same about its namesake… Shamon!

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