Go Green! (Green Tea Lime Cardamom Rum Refresher)

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Author Notes: This is a thirst quenching tart spicy drink bright with the flavors of lime, cardamom and ginger, all underlaid by the soft grassiness of green tea. I am what some might call a 'cardamom freak' and when Marion, the bartender extraordinaire at Black Trumpet in Portsmouth N.H., put a cardamom rum drink on her menu, I knew I would be hooked. After a brief description of her ingredients, I went home to infuse, work out measurements and create a recipe.You may prefer a lighter cardamom flavor, and if so, add plain white rum accordingly; and in the future, use fewer cardamom pods in your infusion. Warning: it is easy to consider the green tea element as a marker of your virtuosness!LE BEC FIN

Serves four

Infused Rum, Ginger Syrup, and Green Tea

  • 1 fifth of white rum, like Bacardi's
  • 1/8 cup green cardamom pods,smashed open with side of cleaver
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup gingerroot, unpeeled,cut into 1/8 inch thin coins and smashed with side of cleaver
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered green tea
  • 1/2 cup hot water


  • 1 cup cardamom rum
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup green tea
  • 1/8-1/4 cups ginger syrup
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