I call this one the Night Tripper because I devised it while listening to Dr. John, The Night Tripper's Gris-Gris album, and it includes absinthe (popular in New Orleans). So there is a certain Crescent City-inspired atmosphere at work. Like Dr. John's debut album - a swampy, psychedelic, sultry, voodoo-sounding work of art (in my opinion) - this drink has mojo. It is spicy, mysterious, and satisfying. You can play around with the proportions and the supporting ingredients. And it packs a punch.
The Night Tripper Cocktail
- 2 oz black peppercorn-infused vodka (recipe here)
- 1 oz sweet vermouth (My choice is Carpano Antica Formula, but any sweet vermouth is fine)
- Splash of absinthe (I use Kübler in this; also try Pernod, Herbsaint, or other absinthe substitute)
- Dash Angostura Orange Bitters
- Orange twist for garnish
Feel the mysterious flavors of the pepper and fruit, with the dark undertone of absinthe.
Bottoms up. Let me know what you think.