The Loomi Cocktail, or simply, The Loomi, is a delightfully sour cocktail made with loomi tea, some rum and angostura bitters. This recipe (ever so slightly changed in amounts), is from one of my readers, David B, courtesy of The New York Times.
I absolutely adore it, and have been making it almost from the moment David shared it with me. However, as I might have mentioned before, in the odd post or two, the easier and quicker the recipe is, the harder it is to convince oneself to spend time setting up the shot! One has to think background, foreground, props, lighting, etc., sometimes, you just want to get on with it and enjoy the recipe! Ok, a lot of times!
The Loomi cocktail is an aromatic, delicious and easy drink. The rum and bitters go so beautifully and complement the sour, almost bitter loomi tea, with which this drink is made. The loomi tea is made from dried limes. You can read more about these limes, called limoo amani, here. They are an essential part of Middle Eastern cooking, and I use them in so many different ways.
To make The Loomi, you’ll need ready made, chilled loomi tea to make this cocktail, and you can find my recipe here:
If you do happen to forget, make a very concentrated tea, then dilute with ice. That should do the trick, something I’ve done more than once, because I just happened to fancy The Loomi!
Don’t have access to dried limes? Try making this with iced lemon tea!
In the image here, you can see that I’ve served the cocktail with ice. You can do that, or you can mix the loomi in a cocktail shaker and strain into your glass. This without-ice look is especially great in conical margarita glasses, like for this Rhubarb Margarita:
Well, there you have it folks, an exotic cocktail for the weekend! I am hoping to exercise my mixology muscles and see if I can’t create a new cocktail or two using loomi tea. I can definitely see gin working with it, and perhaps an orange liqueur? Mmm, The Loomi Margarita! Watch this space!
We had a garden party planned for tomorrow, and I had a massive bbq menu all worked out. But it’s been raining like crazy these last few days, and the same is forecast for tomorrow, so I had to change the menu completely at the last minute. That’s what I shall be focusing on doing today; the prep work and the cold desserts to go in the fridge for tomorrow.
What are you up to? Whatever you plan to do, have a wonderful weekend!
A slightly sour cocktail made with dried lime tea, rum and angostura bitters.
- 250ml (1 cup) cold loomi tea
- 1 Tbsp honey or simple sugar syrup
- 4 Tbsp rum
- 1/2 tsp angostura bitters
- 1 dozen mint leaves
- 2 small sprigs of mint to serve
- 6 ice cubes
- In a cocktail shaker or jug, crush the 12 mint leaves with a tsp of the loomi tea.
- Add the rest of the tea in, followed by thehoney, rum and bitters. Shake well.
- Divide the ice cubed between 2 glasses of your choice if not used in the shaker.
- Strain the cocktail over the ice (or not, if serving without the ice).
- Add the mint sprig and serve.
- Category: Cocktails
- Serving Size: 2