- 60ml New Grove Plantation Rum
- 30ml Lillet Blanc
- 15ml Lemon Juice
- 15ml Simple Syrup
- 2 dash Angostura Bitters
- 60ml Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc Wheat Beer
- 2 barspoons Coriander Seed
Add the coriander seed to your shaker and use a blowtorch to slightly toast the seeds. Crack the seeds with a muddler, then add the lemon juice, syrup, bitters and ice. Shake, and fine strain into a highball filled with ice. Top with beer and garnish with a praline.
This drink was made for a client that was trying to incorporate European tones in his menu. I had already made several gin drinks in this menu, so some other spirit that wasn’t gin or vodka would have been hard to spin into a continental theme. Thankfully, Mauritius’s French influence is very much evident in New Grove’s rhum agricole footprint, and the vegetal nature works well with the coriander, and the coriander works well with the fruity 1664 Blanc. I’ll be honest though and tell you that if the name hadn’t been decided before I was done with the cocktail, I would have used a German wheat beer instead. Those were a little earthier and work with the drink better.