A heavy cocktail, much like a hearty soup, was created to the tune of the festive season. It reveals itself, as “Fields of Gold.” Corn paired with the musky sweetness of honeydew melon, leads the way in this unusual drink, which highlights the cocoa flavor of the vodka and rounded cane flavor of the white rum. The consistency is thick, so try this as an alcoholic intermezzo!
1 cup freshly steamed sweet corn kernels
3 ounces freshly diced raw avocado
12 ounces freshly juiced honeydew melon
3 ounces white rum
2 ounces chocolate-flavored Russian vodka
Total: about 21 ounces, or 5 ounces per serving (guide for glassware)
Avocado, for garnish
Ice cube tray, small cubes
Four rock glasses (8-9 ounces), for service
Prepare at least 8 hours in advance. Chill the garnish until ready for use.
Prepare the corn:
After shucking the corn, clean off any silk under running tap water. Place the corn on a steam rack over boiling water, and steam covered for about 10-15 minutes. Use a corn holder at one end to hold the corn firmly while you slice off the corn from the cob with a knife. Leave to cool.
Make the cocktail:
Remove the pit and skin from the avocado, and dice the flesh. Juice about ½ of a honeydew melon to extract 12 ounces of juice. Reserve 6 ounces, and mix the remaining 6 ounces together with the avocado, corn, rum and chocolate vodka in the blender. Blend to a very smooth consistency.
Freeze half of this mixture in the ice cube tray keeping the remainder in the fridge. When ready to serve, remove the frozen cocktail cubes and crush in the blender with the remaining 6 ounces of freshly squeezed honeydew melon.
Pour the mixture equally into the rock glasses, and garnish with the avocado.
Recipe and photo by Damian Sim
INSPIRATION FOR FIELDS OF GOLD
BY DAMIAN SIM
This month’s ingredients of turkey and sage both share centuries-old histories with Man, which presents a compelling historic perspective from which to take inspiration, rather than the expected gastronomic angles. Similar ingredients such as corn, avocado and cocoa were chosen, from which a hearty drink was created for the festive season.
Honeydew melon, with its sweet muskiness, together with light rum, holds the other flavors together, especially the corn. The avocado mainly contributes to the creaminess while adding a touch of nuttiness.
The thoughts of children having fun in the open green fields served as a canvas onto which this cocktail was created. With corn as the leading flavor, I imagined a vision of “Fields of Gold.”