Experiment No.1

by Amber on July 30, 2010

Intention: the “original” Morbid Cocktail–a blue sea with sharks, fish, and blood.

Preparation:

A quick perusal of the supply shelf reveals an inadequate range of ingredients. Nothing blue at all. And no grenadine (nor pomegranate juice to make my own). After some rummaging, I notice the green tea liqueur in the back.

Green. The sea is green. Perfect!

It wouldn’t make a very good base, obviously, and it’s too sweet to add in mass quantities. But I can mix it with (normal, non-alcoholic) green tea to enhance the color.

So.  Looks like it’ll be made from… um… either vodka/gin, green tea, green tea liqueur, bitters or Campari (for blood). Vodka is boring, so gin it is. After tasting the green tea liqueur again, I decide bitters might be a better compliment than Campari.

The Experiment:

  1. Prep glass with ice. (Sadly, I forgot my special ice cubes at the bf’s house, so normal rocks will have to suffice for today.)
  2. Mix gin/tea/liqueur in 2/1/.5 ratio. (This is a bit arbitrary, yes, but I have to start somewhere.)
  3. Strain over ice
  4. Shake large quantities of bitters on the top for blood.

Results: Mediocre.

Appearance: The bitters dispersed too quickly on the top. I’ve seen it work before, though, so I know there’s a way. Further experimentation required. The green tea was also disappointingly not-so-green. Almost yellow. Will try macha next time to see if it improves color.

Taste: Not terrible, but nothing special. I suspect that vodka might be better. I went with gin because I prefer it generally… but it makes for juniper green tea. Not necessarily a bad combination, but the juniper is overpowering the tea a bit.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ladyollybar November 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

In the Lady Grey, the J. Witty Chamomile’s herbal qautilies seem to stand out more with clearer spice and a sweet apricot tone. The drink impressed everyone on our tasting panel (especially the women). a0The Lady Grey is a delicious drink that is extremely simple to make and is a fantastic cocktail party alternative to a cosmopolitan. For a more complex treatment of it check out Jacob Grier’s Chamomile Flipa0recipe.

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Vittoria February 20, 2015 at 3:03 pm

In the Lady Grey, the J. Witty Chamomile’s herbal qailitues seem to stand out more with clearer spice and a sweet apricot tone. The drink impressed everyone on our tasting panel (especially the women). a0The Lady Grey is a delicious drink that is extremely simple to make and is a fantastic cocktail party alternative to a cosmopolitan. For a more complex treatment of it check out Jacob Grier’s Chamomile Flipa0recipe.

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Juan April 12, 2015 at 1:17 am

I love Pink Gin! In fact I had one over the weekend. I’m a wimp, thgouh I like my chilled. They’re great when you mix with ice (shaken or stirred, whichever you prefer) and strain into a cocktail glass; or even on the rocks. Try one with Plymouth Gin sometime it’s great in this cocktail.

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