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.