Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Green Fairy



I am a geek on many levels, especially regarding music and movies. Ever since I saw Gary Oldman seduce Mina in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” I wanted to try absinthe. That interest quadrupled when I read years ago that Marilyn Manson became involved in bottling the anise flavored beverage.


Unable to obtain Mansinthe back then, I purchased whatever brand our local purveyors availed me. Well, it disappointed me. I didn’t even enjoy a decent buzz for some reason.

Label Art a Watercolor by Marilyn Manson aka Brian Warner
Photo Courtesy of Drink Up NY.com

Fast forward to Memorial Day weekend 2017. For an inexplicable reason I decided to toast our fallen US soldiers with something classy. A little research uncovered a rather rare 1930’s era drink called the Alaska Cocktail.

The origin of the name is shrouded in mystery but the recipe is simple, excludes sugar, and tends toward the savory side. Fortunately a local vendor carries the expensive French liqueur Yellow Chartreuse. We dropped a pretty penny but don’t regret the investment.

An Herbal Delight
You start with two ounces of gin (Beefeater dry worked wonders), add half an ounce of Yellow Chartreuse and a dash of orange bitters, then stir (or shake if you're James Bond). I chilled the concoction with ice chips and served the drink in martini glasses. Next time I intend to add a third ounce of gin to stretch the herbal liqueur and drop in more of the delicious bitters.

Do you enjoy adult beverages? What is your drink of choice?

Cheers!

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8 comments:

  1. My drink of choice these days is unsweet tea with orange slices! haha....when I was younger I loved screw drivers, then at some point my taste changed to wine. But then I turned to Cap. Morgan and vanilla coke. But with the liver issues that led to the gastric by pass, I have given up on any type of adult beverage. Up I raise my tea glass to you in a toast!

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    1. You have been so wronged, my dear, always doing the best you can and still hit by a cascade of ailments. You're an inspiration. Cheers! ~raises water bottle~ Thanks for the kind word.

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  2. I'll have to ask SIL if she's tried this. Adult drink of choice? Yeah, I don't have one of those. I abstain from alcohol. More for you ;)

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    1. Thanks! ~snicker~ And good for you. You're surely better off without.

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  3. I don't drink, but my hubby makes lots of wines.Glad you weren't disappointed this weekend.

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    1. Ooh, sounds interesting. My partner has done that in the past, as well as beer on a few occasions. Be well!

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  4. Well, Darla, it is good that you have Partner to share a toast with. I don't drink, either. I have health issues, too. I do like iced tea or water, though. These days, I even have to watch sugar. However, I will toast to you, and Partner, too! *Cheers!*

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    1. I'm sorry for your health issues, my dear. ~hugs~ Be well, and thanks for the kind word!

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