Give it to me straight. Unadorned; no gimmicks. Over ice. The first cocktail I ever tasted. One of my earliest dinner party memories, when my parents hosted the Jamaican Ambassador to the UK. Paired with addictive ‘pick up’ salt fish and crackers. Bacon-wrapped plantains I recall. Cheese sticks. Real retro. Preliminaries before they threw down a feast. Pulsating reggae in the background. Beautiful people. It excited me that my parents came from a colourful land. Taste of my culture; drink of my heritage. Quarantine drink No 9.
- 1 part lime juice
- 2 parts strawberry syrup
- 3 parts Jamaican white rum
- 4 parts fruit juice (half pineapple, half orange)
In a pitcher or punch bowl mix all the ingredients together and chill for a few hours before serving.
When ready to serve, pour over ice in individual glasses.
Jacqui ‘JuicyChef’ Sinclair, founder of Nyam & Trod, is a British Jamaican award-winning chef, writer, and food culturist. She is a co-founder of Kingston Kitchen, an annual food event supporting food artisans. Jacqui has been an advocate of the Meatless Monday Global movement in Jamaica since 2011. Jacqui’s work has been featured in such publications as the Huffington Post, the Jamaica Observer, Saveur, The Jewish Post and numerous blogs. She has appeared on the Travel Channel’s ‘Bizarre Foods’ with Andrew Zimmern and Food & Wine’s Jamaica episode with Kwame Onwuachi.