Hola Arepa bartender Nate McLemore-Raczkowski is a lover of Girl Scout cookies — he may have eaten the entire test box of Caramel deLights before shooting the segment. He says that they key to each pairing is tocomplement the flavor of each cookie, not to mirror it.
The Caramel deLights (formerly Samoas) were paired with a tangy rum cocktail that is on the menu at Hola Arepa as “We Surfed Here.” Coconut and rum complement each other without competing; a touch of habanero bitters and the grapefruit add some tanginess that shines through.
- 2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum
- ¾ oz grapefruit juice
- ½ oz lime juice
- ¾ oz cinnamon syrup
- 3 dashes habanero bitters
Shake all ingredients over ice, and strain into an iced Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
This cocktail is carbonated at the restaurant; you can use a Soda Stream machine to accomplish this at home (after combining and shaking all ingredients), or simply serve it without carbonation.
Hola Arepa started as a food truck, and is now one of the most popular restaurants and bars in south Minneapolis.
3501 Nicollet Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55408