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Guava-Lime Cooler

Guava is a tropical fruit with a pink flesh and hints of apple and strawberry. Guava nectar is available at both gourmet and Mexican grocery stores. This recipe can be multiplied to make a large batch.

To make simple syrup, in a measuring cup, stir together 1/4 cup superfine sugar in 1/4 cup hot water until dissolved. Let cool. This recipe makes 3 fl. oz. syrup and can be doubled or tripled as needed.

Ingredients:

  • Ice, as needed 
  • 18 fl. oz. guava nectar 
  • 9 fl. oz. white rum 
  • 3 fl. oz. fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes) 
  • 3 fl. oz. simple syrup (see note above) 
  • 24 fl. oz. sparkling water, or as needed 
  • 6 lime wedges
  • 6 straws

Directions:

Fill 6 highball glasses with ice.

In a pitcher, stir together the guava nectar, rum, lime juice and simple syrup. Pour the mixture into the glasses and top each with a splash of sparkling water. Garnish each drink with a lime wedge and straw and serve. Makes 6 drinks.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma On the Grill, by Willie Cooper (Oxmoor House, 2009).