How to make:
SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass. (There’s no need to muddle basil if good ice and shake are used.)
Drip 5 drops of olive oil on top
A little mastiha greatly influences this delicately flavoured cocktail that is reminiscent of a very light lemon Daiquiri flavoured with mastiha and basil.
Created in 2015 by Jad Ballout, Bar Manager at Central Station Boutique Bar in Beirut, Lebanon. El Mediterráneo was the winning Lebanese entry to the 2015 Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition.
Jad was apparently inspired by two existing popular cocktails, the Mint Julep and the Gin Basil Smash while the mastika liqueur adds a Mediterranean touch. The drops of olive oil on top of the drink not only reflect Mediteranian cuisine but were inspired by the fact that Don Facundo, the creator of Bacardi, used to sell his first homemade rum in recycled olive oil tins.