“Creativity is making mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” –Scott Adams
Floating bitters on the top has been unsuccessful so far, so I decided to adjust my concept accordingly: I’ll put the bitters on the bottom. They seem to want to go there, anyway. Instead of attempting to make a seascape with floating blood, I’ll make a Mississippi Swamp–mud at the bottom, yellow/green water on top.
Suggested Garnish: alligators, humans, trees
This time I ensured that I had my camera at the ready to capture my results.
- Coated the bottom of the glass in Agnostura bitters.
- Covered bitters with crushed ice to create a barrier to prevent unwanted blending. Also used a macha/green tea blend, with hopes of increased green coloring.
- Poured vodka/green tea/GT liqueur blend on top. (Stirred this time, instead of shaken.)
Appearance: Layering was a success! It’s been at least 10minutes since inception, and the colors are still mostly segregated. Not sure if this is a result of 100% crushed ice, or the relative density of the fluids. Will do another rendition with regular ice cubes to isolate the cause. This could have a dramatic impact on garnish.
Flavor: Starts strongly of green tea, but of course becomes increasingly bitter as you progress toward the bottom.
I’m not sure this is a great-tasting drink yet, so I’ll try a few more variations to get the best taste possible.
Aesthetically, though, I think it’s ready to move on to the Garnish phase.