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Sweet Road to Georgia Rum Cocktail

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Sweet Road to Georgia Rum Cocktail

The Sweet Road to Georgia is a delicious rum cocktail created by Matthew Biancaniello at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel's Library Bar. The ingredients include peach, basil, and lime. It makes for the perfect drink for warm summer afternoons.

Ingredients

Sweet Road to Georgia Rum Cocktail

  • 1/2 medium white peach
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 3 pieces of a quartered lime
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon orgeat syrup (store-bought or see recipe below)
  • 1/4 Ounce rum

For the orgeat syrup

  • 2 1/4 Cups sliced almonds
  • 3 1/2 Cups tap water
  • 3 1/2 Cups distilled water
  • 1/2 Cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/8 Cup vodka
  • 1/4 Teaspoon orange blossom water, to taste

Directions

Sweet Road to Georgia Rum Cocktail

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together peach, basil, lime, and orgeat syrup for 2 minutes. Add rum and shake vigorously, strain over ice into a rocks glass, and garnish with a firm basil leaf.

For the orgeat syrup

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cover almonds with tap water and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain, discarding water.

In a food processor or blender, lightly pulse the almonds until they are coarsely ground. Return almonds to the bowl, cover with distilled water, and soak for 4 to 5 hours, stirring the mixture well every hour or so. Strain liquid into a 1-liter glass jar through a cheesecloth-lined strainer, pressing to extract as much as possible. Discard the almonds.

Add sugar to the liquid, close the lid tightly, and shake the jar vigorously, repeating several times over 15 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.

Add vodka and orange blossom water and stir thoroughly. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.