Cherry, popularly known as agbalumo is in season right now and we can have so much fun with the fruit. Agbalumo tends to have a grainy texture when it comes to converting it into other dishes or drinks. This is partly due to the gum based texture of the fruit itself. But you can have this drink as a cocktail by sieving the drink after blending it.
You can choose to have this drink as a cocktail without adding alcohol to it or you can have it as a full blown cocktail. I would say Hennessy was the best choice to pair with this drink. I wanted something that would not overwhelm the original taste of the drink and have the taste of agbalumo lost in it. This worked out perfectly for that purpose. The Hennessy had its sweet undertone which complemented this drink. Like I said, you can skip the alcohol and have this as a virgin drink. Hope you try it and let me know if you enjoy it.
Recipe for Agbalumo Cocktail
2 Tablespoons Honey
3 Scent leaves
1 teaspoon Ginger powder
A tablespoon of Sugar
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon Angostura Bitters (substitute with any other bitters)
2 shots of Hennessy (Optional)
Wash and peel your agbalumo fruits scraping the seeds and the skin for all the elements of the fruit into a bowl.
In a blender, pour in the agbalumo scrapings, scent leaf, honey, sugar, ginger powder and water.
Blend till smooth. Pour over a sieve into a bowl or jug to get the pulp out of your drink.
Stir in the angostura bitters and at this point add the Hennessy and serve your agbalumo cocktail over ice.