Drink of the Week: Salted Caramel Martini

This week’s winning drink leaves room for some do-it-yourself action. I swung by Joe Canal’s of Rio Grande for recommendations of some awesome ingredients to use in our most recent drink of the week. RumChata, a Caribbean rum with a real dairy cream base, has seemingly been the name on every bartender’s lips recently. Though a fairly new revolution, RumChata’s premise has been a part of history since the reign of ancient Egypt. “Horchata was originally concocted by the ancient Egyptians for the Pharaohs, a feat easily as impressive as the Pyramids. The pioneering Egyptian chufa style horchata, which is made with chufa—also known as the tigernut—was so revered that it soon found its way to Spain during the time of the Moorish kings,” explains RumChata’s official website. RumChata simply capitalized upon the rich taste of historic horchata, spiking it with the finest Caribbean rum.

Joe Canal’s representatives are well acquainted with RumChata and the diversity of cocktail recipes in which it is included. They personally endorsed the “Salted Caramel Martini” as a RumChata must-try. Made with two parts RumChata and one part Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Flavored Vodka, this martini is just as easily prepared as it is enjoyed. Simply rim a Martini glass with salt (use water, NOT lime juice). Shake ingredients with ice and strain into the salted martini glass. Optional: Drizzle a teaspoon of caramel sauce into bottom of glass. Enjoy. We currently only have a photo of the ingredients, but feel free to send photos of your Salted Caramel Martini masterpieces to mkummer@cmcherald.com so I can share your personal reviews with all Do The Shore readers.

By Megan Kummer