In Haitian vodou, lwa are divine entities or spiritual beings who are served by their followers. One such lwa is Erzulie Freda, the embodiment of love and beauty, who is regarded as a kind of patron saint of gay men and protector of queer people, not least because she sees qualities of queerness in herself. She enjoys clean, floral scents, gold jewellery, pink roses … and rum. So raise a glass to Erzulie, to World Cocktail Day today and to Pride month in June.
For the rose and peppercorn syrup
5g dried rose petals
¼ tbsp pink peppercorns, plus 1 pinch extra, to serve
50g caster sugar
For the drink
40ml good Haitian white rum – we use Clairin Communal
25ml Grand Marnier
25ml rose and pink peppercorn syrup (see above and method)
25ml fresh lime juice
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 orange wheel, to serve
First make the syrup. Put the rose petals, pink peppercorns and sugar in a small saucepan, add 50ml cold water and cook, stirring, over a medium heat, until the sugar dissolves. Take off the heat, leave to cool, then pour into a clean glass jar and seal tightly.
To make the drink, pour all the liquids into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake hard, then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange wheel and a couple of cracked pink peppercorns, and serve.