Last week’s TDN theme was rumless tiki drinks (ahhh … can there be such a thing?) and what an interesting theme to be hit with only moments after logging on. “What to do? What to do?” I thought. While I dig the stuff, tiki is far from my specialty. So what to do … can’t look like a dunce in front of my TDN peers … .
In thinking through a possible creation for this night’s theme I was drawn back to something that I’ve been tinkering around with – a riff on the zombie using scotch. A scotch zombie you say? Well, Brian Miller in his creative genius came up with one using gin and having made that unbelievably fantastic drink I thought why not. Finding my original notes for the outline of a drink buried in cocktail book I dusted them off, grabbed some bottles and citrus and the drink below was born.
I am not convinced that this is the final variation of the drink; it deserves some tweaking but all-in-all I think it is good start to something even better (especially as a warm weather drink versus the fall but still interesting).
This drink is an attempt by theSpeakista at unique cocktail creation with inspiration drawn from several sources including the Zombie Punch and the Winchester Cocktail (the later created by Brian Miller at Death & Co.)
• 2 oz blended Scotch (Famous Grouse was used)
• 1 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
• 3/4 oz Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay Whisky
• 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon orange juice
• 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 1/2 oz orgeat (Trader Tiki brand was used)
• 1/2 oz honey syrup
• 3 dashes of aromatic bitters
Glass: rocks glass
Tools: mixing glass and tin, Hawthorne strainer and a fine mesh strainer
Assembly: shake all of the ingredients in the mixing glass and tin with plenty of ice until well chilled and double strain the mixture into the serving glass that has been filled with crushed ice.
The verdict: Kinda coolish, kind interesting. Worth playing around a bit in terms of the ingredient proportions but I can pick out each spirit lingering in the mix and then if I want sip and taste a unified drink/spirits combination. Between the three sweetening agents (orange juice, orgeat and honey syrup) the drink is skewed a little towards the sweet side but still nice and refreshing.
1. What cool tiki riffs are hiding in your mixing glass?