Well, I mixed the drinks and shot the pictures before sunset, but I wrote this before going to bed. Yesterday was such a beautiful, perfect Southern California spring day. It was one of these days that you just want to be outdoors and celebrate life.
After a whole week almost secluded working, there was no way for me to come and sit by my laptop to do anything. Besides, this Summer in Barcelona was so good, that we decided to enjoy it with no hurry.
Summer in Barcelona is the name of the cocktail. I found it in the cocktail menu of Fig &Olive in Melrose Place, West Hollywood. There, drinks and dishes bring the Mediterranean ingredients, aromas and flavors of Spain, France and Italy.
Most of all, I love when a cocktail takes rum to the next level. Summer in Barcelona is a perfectly balanced concoction, combining fresh ingredients with aged rum, a rum like Santa Teresa Añejo, born to be mixed with fresh fruits. Salud!
¾ oz rosemary and thyme syrup
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
1 ½ oz Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa Añejo
Muddle the blackberries with the syrup and the lemon juice. Add crushed ice, the rum and shake well. Strain over a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or thyme or both.