Zafra, Rum Cocktail

One of the things that I like the most about blogging is preserving memories. Writing about the Hacienda Santa Teresa last week, brought back memories of this cocktail.

It’s name is Zafra. Literally, in Spanish zafra means harvest. Commonly, in the Caribbean and in Venezuela,  zafra refers to the sugar cane harvest.

It’s believed the word zafra derives from the Arab zāfar or zafariya and it was adapted by the Spanish during the nearly 800 years of Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.

Etymology and history apart, this is a tropical signature cocktail by head bartender of the Hacienda Santa Teresa, Carlos Riveros. Here is his recipe. Salud!

1 ½  oz Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa 1796
1 oz Rhum Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz fresh passion fruit juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
4-5 fresh pineapple chunks

In a shaker, muddle pineapple chunks; add crushed ice and the rest of the ingredients. Shake vigorously. Double strain in a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry.


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