Friday, November 25, 2016

heading to venus

3/4 oz Tamarind Syrup (*)
3/4 oz Cinnamon Syrup
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice
2 dash Fee's Molasses Bitters (optional)

Shake with ice and strain into a tall glass with or without 2 oz soda water. Fill with crushed ice and garnish with Tiki intent including citrus peels (see text below) and freshly grated nutmeg.
(*) A 1/2 pound of tamarind concentrate makes a quart of syrup (when dissolved with hot 1:1 simple). 1/8 of that container (1 oz by weight) will make 4 oz tamarind syrup. Tamarind concentrate can be found in Indian supermarkets.
Last summer, I created a mocktail that was the two syrups and two juices above for a guest. A short while later, I knew that I had hit a magical tropical combination for that drink ticket asked for not only another round of that same mocktail but could their dining companion have it with booze? The drink with booze gained an amber rum component and took the form of a Jet Pilot that I called the Final Countdown when it hit the Yacht Rock Sunday menu (and later the main menu). To name the mocktail version, I took a line from that Europe song and dubbed this one the "Heading to Venus." The little Tiki man that I garnish with is a lime wedge pre-notched for a glass rim. In the notch, I insert a long snake-like forked tongue, and to the wedge, I add a pair of clove eyes.

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