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Bacardi Spiced Rum Mojito and a Barbecue Bonanza.
Ad:Gifted – I was sent the Bacardi spiced rum barbecue box to review – all content is editorially given and the spiced rum mojito recipe is my own.
While London’s restaurants are closed for now, there are some amazing opportunities to try some of the best food in town in the comfort of your own home. Berber & Q, the achingly hip grill house in Haggerston might not be open right now, but you can order one of their barbecue boxes for the weekend. Now, replicating the kind of food you might have enjoyed in the hipster environs of Hackney to serve up in your own home could be a disaster. Especially if you are making and drinking spiced rum mojitos with the Jamaican rum from Bacardi that comes with the latest Berber & Q offering. In the event though, the Berber & Q Barbeque Box is remarkably easy to make happen and the end result is pretty spectacular.
If I have any complaint it’s that the incredibly efficient mise-en-place isn’t labelled. You need to know your tehina from your shawarma butter – and, since everything is carefully taped up, you probably need to spend the first 10 minutes opening up the pots and plating up the mezze and sauces if you want to stand a chance of passing any of it off as your own. Once it comes to cooking, it’s obviously easier if you are used to using an outside grill. If not, you’ll find yourself juggling dishes to make sure you can get everything charred to perfection. But, keep making those mojitos and no one will care too much – and from personal experience, it’s hard to wreck the meal even if you’ve enjoyed a couple yourself… A host of colourful garnishes mean that your dishes will end up looking quite professional – and cooking is limited to a water bath and 15 minutes under a grill or in a hot oven.
Our Berber & Q Box comprised a host of salads and mezze dishes – Pita and sauces, pickles and olives, Jerusalem chopped salad, Labneh with nigella seed, and Hummus with marinated chickpeas and blackened chilli sauce. And, three ‘main dishes’ – a pack of smoked chicken thighs with an accompanying Bacardi Spiced Rum and saffron caramel basting sauce, Grilled broccoli with rose harissa and candied sultanas and the dish that my friends who had been to Berber & Q remembered from the restaurant – the Berber & Q cauliflower shawarma. This dish is so famous that Olive Magazine has shared the recipe – a scarily long list of ingredients to produce a stunning and delicious end result. Order the barbecue box and you can short cut all the blending, chopping and blanching and just griddle your cauliflower basted in the spicy butter mix they provide and top with tehina sauce, pomegranate molasses, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, rose petals, chopped parsley and fresh green chilli. All the little bits you need to finish your dish off are neatly provided in plastic tubs – so you don’t end up with lots of half-opened jars.
Whether it was the Bacardi spiced rum cocktails or my ‘not-quite-cooking’, we were all very impressed by the meal as a whole. It meant that I could spend time with my guests without compromising on the food we ate. And, we finished the evening off with a trayful of warm chocolate, rum and banana brownies with fresh cream.
I’d suggest if you want to try the Berber & Q food for yourself, a barbeque box (available every Friday) is a pretty good alternative to visiting the restaurant while we are in lockdown. Bacardi spiced rum is one of those drinks you just need to keep stocked for the summer – the spiced rum is just perfect for rum and coke, rum and ginger or for the spiced rum mojito that I’m sharing below.
- 50 ml Spiced Rum
- 10 Mint leaves + a few sprigs to garnish
- 1/2 Lime
- 1 tsp Fresh Ginger Peeled and chopped
- 30 ml Tropical Club Soda You can use normal soda water or even ginger ale if you prefer. If using ginger ale, omit the fresh ginger.
- 1 tsp Caster Sugar Optional
Put one slice of lime, the chopped ginger and the mint leaves in the bottom of a highball glass
Muddle - I don't have a cocktail muddler so I use the end of my rolling pin!
Add the caster sugar and two more slices of lime
Muddle again to release all the juices and aromas
Fill the glass with ice
Pour over the rum and stir gently
Top up with soda water
Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lime.
The Berber & Q Barbecue Box really did deliver restaurant-quality food – which just needed a little finishing. I loved the Bacardi spiced rum – but I have to confess we drank most of it in the form of Rum and Coke or Rum and Ginger – and I made the Mojito when I didn’t have to cope with not messing up a whole set of delicious dishes at the same time.
Find out more about Berber & Q from their website.
You can order Bacardi spiced rum online from Masters of Malt or check the Bacardi website for more suppliers.