September 04, 2015

Mojito Perfecto with Botran Rum


“Perfecto” is a word that I use very sparingly when it comes to food events, but my experience at Botran rum’s Mojito class last week justifies my use of this superlative. I got an invitation to not only sample some cocktails featuring Botran Rum, but also an invitation to learn how to make some Mojitos while indulging in food by Perfecto, the Brickell hotspot eatery. I jumped at the opportunity, especially since (1) mojitos are quintessential Miami cocktails and (2) I had never dined at Perfecto.

Everything about this experience was superb, from the refinement of the drinks to the outstanding quality of the food. Being a sucker for interactive experiences, I was extremely impressed when the head mixologist at Perfecto gave every person involved a shaker, pestle, and all the ingredients needed to make mojitos and various variations of it. Prior to that, James Tahhan, TV personality and executive chef at Perfecto, greeted us and explained his dedication to Spaniard and Hispanic cuisine. His love and devotion to providing authentic Spanish dishes at Perfecto were evident through his presentation, and it definitely showed once the dishes started coming out.

The Tortilla Espanola was striking in that it somehow remained creamy and luscious throughout. Compared to other tortillas that I’ve had, this tortilla was succulent and rich. The eggy and almost custard-like dish somehow managed to avoid the dense and dry texture that is typically seen in Tortillas Espanolas. Next up were the Ham and Chicken Croquettes, which came in massive spherical form and were meaty and velvety. The beautifully seasoned croquettes were perfectly fried, leading to a crispy exterior and moist and delicious interior. The crème de la crème was the Arroz Negro, which included rice, squid ink, and a copious amount of seafood. This Catalan dish offered tender bite that still maintained a bite and a massive taste of the ocean coming from the squid ink, seafood broth, and shellfish used to compliment the spices.

Botran, which is made in Guatemala, has been growing in popularity here in Miami throughout the past few years. This does not go without merit, as Botran offers complex flavors that lend themselves to be mixed into cocktails well. The dark amber color is attractive and lures you into rum that smells oaky and of slight vanilla. Flavor profiles include oak, citrus, slight vanilla, and a balancing sweetness. Basically, this is perfect rum for mojitos, especially when being paired with bites at Perfecto. Thank you to Botran for inviting me, I look forward to another one.

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