On Some Faraway Beach (improved cocktail)

  

  

In September 2012 I created this drink in honour of Blair’s show of new paintings, and for the Brian Eno tune that inspired the name of the series. I was not really satisfied with it at the time, though, because the drizzled colours sank quickly and the pretty painting effect was lost. However, thanks to the Mixology Talk podcast, I realized that egg whites could save the day. Chris of A Bar Above tested powdered egg white in cocktails and reported they are a good substitute, so if you are concerned about salmonella that is a fine way to go. If you are using powdered egg white (needs to be pure powdered egg white, not meringue powder), reconstitute it prior to using (2 tsp egg white powder in 1 oz water = one egg white). The egg white gives the drink a silky mouthfeel, plus it lets you enjoy the abstract image right to the bottom of the glass.

  • 1 oz Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum
  • 1 oz mango nectar
  • 1/2 oz passionfruit juice
  • 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 5 drops Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 egg white or reconstituted equivalent

Pour ingredients into a shaker without ice and dry shake to incorporate well. Add ice to the shaker and shake until the outside is frosty. Pour into a cocktail glass, then drizzle with 1/2 tsp Blue Curacao and 1/2 tsp real pomegranate grenadine in an abstract pattern.

Grenadine is easy to make at home; the colour and flavour are far more intense than the Roses brand you commonly see in stores. Here is a video on how to make it.

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Zingiber cocktail

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I love ginger. My first drink of choice in my young and foolish days was rye and ginger ale. I don’t keep ginger ale in the house anymore but some days crave it, and today was one of those days, so I made up a batch of ginger syrup (recipe below) and made this cocktail with it. It’s not any more impressive looking than my rye and ginger ale of old, but it hits the spot.

1 oz spiced rum
1 oz passion fruit juice
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
2 oz strong ginger ale

Gently stir ingredients together in an ice-filled old fashioned or rocks glass.

If you have some time on your hands and some fresh ginger, make your own ginger ale using soda water and this delicious ginger syrup recipe by David Lebovitz.

On Some Faraway Beach

On Some Faraway Beach (September 9, 2012)

Named for Blair’s show of new paintings and for the Brian Eno tune.

1 oz Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum
1 oz mango nectar
1/2 oz passionfruit juice
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
5 drops Peychaud’s bitters

Shake with ice and pour into cocktail glass, then drizzle with 1/2 tsp Blue Curacao and 1/2 tsp real pomegranate grenadine