Courtesy André and Tenaya Darlington, authors of Sprig & Spirit blog and The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks (Running Press, 2016)
- 1½ ounce dark rum
- 1 orange wheel, sliced into halves
- 3 basil leaves, plus 1 sprig for garnish
- 1 ounce black garlic simple syrup (recipe below)
- Soda water
Muddle basil and half an orange wheel in the bottom of a rocks glass filled with ice. Add black garlic syrup and rum. Stir, and top with soda water. Garnish with orange and basil.
- ½ cup hot water
- ½ cup Demerara sugar
- 3 cloves black garlic
- 1–2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Bring water to boil. Stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Pour the syrup into a blender and add garlic. Blend until the garlic is finely ground. Use a fine-mesh strainer to remove any solids. Add the vinegar and taste. It should taste slightly acidic with a sweet, earthy finish.