Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel
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Succumbing to Shishita
You'd expect to find great rum cocktails in Haiti. This is the land of Barbancourt, after all. Still, this colorful mix surprised me on my last visit to The Marriott Port-au-Prince back in March 2016. It's called Shishita, a name borrowed from China that means "try me." Shishita was developed by one of the young local bartenders at the Marriott ironically named Oldy. He boasted that his concoction had earned top honors at Gout et Saveur Lakay, Haiti's annual Food & Spirits Festival. I wasn't sure it was for me at first glance, though, seeing as how Shishita appeared to have a lot going on, as in too many ingredients. (Less is definitely more when it comes to cocktails to me.) As it turns out, though, there are only four ingredients – white rhum (Barbancourt, of course), cantaloupe and passion fruit juices, and blended mint. When combined and garnished with a couple sprigs of mint, the effect is seductively satisfying in a manner well worthy of its name.
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