The end of a five year challenge has finally come. Cocky as I was in my younger years, I made the mistake of opening my mouth, "I can make a cocktail out of anything!" I think was the gist of it. Boy did that statement bite me in the butt. But after years of cocktailing and blog following I came across the Corn Goddess created by one of the best (if not the best David Wondrich) and this drink got the wheels a moving. Although the drink sounded amazing and looked as everyone had described it ,"fresh," I was not a fan of Campari or tomatoes at that crossroad in life. A little further research and I stumbled upon the Atole de Elote, a Salvadoran corn drink that dates back to the Mayans. Now this is more my style; thick, rich, creamy and sweet; now all it needs is a little alcohol.
Starting with some fresh wood-oven roasted corn, thanks Dante crew, I began to puree it with a little half & half. The yield was small and insignificant, but enough for a trial rum. Trying to add a bit of complexity I opted to use some "corn crema" that gets used in a pasta dish to help add some thickness and round out the palate. Now to make it alcoholic. The first thing that came to mind bourbon and spiced rum, I believe these will work beautifully. A little time spent with the Vita-Mix and a chinois and we have run number one.
The mixture concocted was rich, creamy and subtle on the corn. The definitive flavors actually came from the spiced rum; it had an intense nutmeg and cinnamon note on the aftertaste. All in all the drink was delicious and I can only wonder how it will taste with Pyrat rum or a nice rich dark rum.