Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Night Tripper Cocktail

On June 18, I disclosed the recipes for black peppercorn-infused vodka and my very own Dirty Cur Cocktail, a riff on the Salty Dog. And it was good. Since then, I have been playing mad scientist. The flavor of the infused vodka is rich and peppery, spicy and bold. The color is amber. It inspires experimentation. The flavor has real potential in cocktails.

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
In a chilled cocktail glass, add the absinthe and swirl to coat. Discard (and not into the sink, barbarian). In a shaker with ice, add the infused vodka, bitters, and the vermouth. Shake vigorously and strain into the cocktail glass. Add the orange twist.

Feel the mysterious flavors of the pepper and fruit, with the dark undertone of absinthe.

Bottoms up. Let me know what you think.

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