Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Twelfthmanhattan

For my leadoff cocktail I'm going with this bad boy.  It is certainly not the tastiest drink I have created and has nothing whatsoever in common with a proper Manhattan, but it looks amazing and is a fitting tribute to the Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks!

1 shot gin (London dry or moderate botanicals)
1/4 shot Hipnotiq
1/4 shot Blue Curaçao

1/2 shot Sour Apple Pucker
dash of rhubarb bitters

Mix half the gin with the Sour Apple Pucker and rhubarb bitters with ice.  Pour into a cocktail glass.  Mix the other half of the gin with the Hipnotiq and Blue Curacao with ice and float it on top of the green booze.  The result is a gem-like (a-la Bejeweled) potion that is absolutely drinkable, not nearly as cloying as many drinks of this hue, and plenty potent.  I used Tanqueray gin, but Gordons, Booth's, Beefeater, Bombay, Sapphire, or Plymouth would work fine.  Hendrick's or other gins with similarly interesting botanical flavor profiles probably would be too much-there is plenty of flavor in the blue and green booze.  Don't wuss out and use vodka.

Cheatin' Steve's bartending tricks: if you are having a hard time floating the blue booze, you can pour it in first, and then inject the green booze underneath it using one of these:

If you are still having trouble, try mixing all the gin with the blue booze and then injecting just the Sour Apple Pucker underneath.

If floating the blue booze is still giving you problems, try freezing the Sour Apple Pucker instead of chilling it with ice.  The combination of a relatively colder liquid with its undiluted density should send it straight to the bottom of the glass and keep it there.  Just make sure you take it out of the freezer before it turns slushy.


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