Sissy’s Cocktail


A beautiful end of summer weekend; I did not think we would be spending any more time in the gazebo but am delighted to be proved wrong.

We inherited the responsibility of feeding a spayed feral tortoiseshell cat when our next-door neighbours moved close to three years ago. She will not let us get close enough to touch but she has learned our habits. She comes around for treats when she sees us out in the gazebo. I name this cocktail in honour of our four-season outdoor friend.

2 oz spiced rum
1 1/2 oz four season juice nectar
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

Sissy having an afternoon snack

Mixology Monday challenge: Pennywort cocktail

2 oz pennywort drink
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz simple syrup

I felt I had to take part in this week’s Mixology Monday challenge because “the Unknown” is really my favourite approach to cocktails, and my favourite way to indulge this is to grab some hitherto undiscovered (by me at least) taste in an ethnic grocery store. Some of my luckier discoveries using this method have been calamansi juice and peanut punch.

I have to admit, I chickened out of making a cocktail with the swallow nest beverage I bought at the local Asian market, when I realized it was not a euphemism. Maybe next time. Luckily I had bought some other new-to-me tastes, including this pennywort drink.

I won’t lie: this is not my best cocktail. Or even second best. Or third. Or top 200. Pennywort is clearly an acquired taste. It’s sort of like old grass clippings with a little spinach water thrown in. However, my mom would have said “waste not, want not”. I cut it with some Cointreau and lime and a touch of simple syrup. It does have an exotic taste. And the colour could very well pass for golden, in the dark with a strong light behind it.

 Here is a round-up of all the “unknown” cocktails in this month’s MXMO


Big Black Mariah

“Here comes the big black Mariah,
Here comes the big black Mariah,
Here comes the big black Mariah,
Here comes the big black Ford.”
Tom Waits, “Big Black Mariah,” Rain Dogs

2 oz Dark Horse Canadian whisky
1 oz wild blueberry juice (unsweetened)
1/2 oz Cointreau

Shake over ice and strain into a rocks glass; serve over ice.