This drink was motivated by a visit from my friend Lolis Eric Elie, who knows just about all there is to know about New Orleans and its rich history and culture. In his cookbook, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans, he includes a recipe with a grapefruit and honey base called N’awlins Nectar. When I hosted him at Bayou Bakery, I used his base idea and jazzed it up a bit with fresh rosemary and jalapeños to give it that NOLA spice. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Cup Wildflower honey
  • 2 Quart Grapefruit juice
  • 8, 16 ounce Mason Jars
  • 1 (750-ml.) Bottle Dark Rum
  • 8 Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 Medium Jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced

Preparation

Step 1:

Stir together honey and ¾ cup water in a large container. Add grapefruit juice, and stir well; cover and chill about 1 hour.

Step 2:

For each serving, place ice in a Mason jar, filling 2/3 full. Add ¼ cup rum, and fill jar with grapefruit juice mixture. Pour drink into a shaker, and add 1 sprig rosemary and 1 slice jalapeño pepper; cover and shake 10 seconds. Pour mixed drink back into jar; add more ice, if desired.