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“We simply contend that a relish for 'social drinks’ is universal;... and that he, therefore, who proposes to impart to these drinks not only the most palatable but the most wholesome characteristics of which they may be made susceptible, is a genuine public benefactor.”
~Jerry Thomas, Bartenders Guide: How to Mix Drinks: Receipts for Mixing All Kinds of Punch, Egg Nog, Juleps, Smashs, Cobblers, Cocktails, Sangarees, Mulls, Toddies, Slings, Sours, Flips, and 200 other Fancy Drinks (1862)
This story starts, as so many often do, with a lady.
“What if you made a cocktail with tea-infused simple syrups?” the lady asked, innocently.
“Ooh... wouldn’t be that hard to do... but what would you make?” I pondered.
And like that I had been nerdsniped into the fascinating concept of Steampunk Cocktails.
Being of strong similarity of mind to this blog’s illustrious maître d’, I took a similar approach to the exploration of “Steampunk” cocktails: A mixation and exploration of modern techniques, and classic modalities and recipes.
The history of the cocktail is well beyond the scope of any one blog post, suffice it to say that mixing liquor with other flavorants is a time-honoured and long-standing tradition. Indeed, the art earned itself an “-ology”.
Today, though, I submit for your imbibing pleasure, a humble entry into the halls of Steampunk Cocktail lore:
The Drunken Earl
1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
1.5 oz Earl Grey, pre-chilled
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Orange Peel, for garnish
Though many recipes for cocktails follow a rather formulaic 2 parts liquor : 1 part flavoured liquid : dashes aromatic, I opted to deviate after some experimentation. Whiskey, as I’ve often seen on the faces of my peers, can be rather unpalatable to the uninitiated palette. Though hardly a failing, it’s something of which I was keenly aware when jiggering the ratios. For a more mellow, subtle mouthfeel, use 3 oz Earl Grey and 1.5 oz Rye Whiskey. For a stronger kick in your morning, use 1.5 oz Rye Whiskey and .75 oz Earl Grey.
To prepare the Drunken Earl:
Fill a 6oz cocktail glass with ice and set aside.
Add about 2 cups of ice to a cocktail shaker, to which add 1.5 oz Rye Whiskey, 1.5 oz Earl Grey, and 2 dashes of orange bitters.
Shake vigorously until all the icy power of the Arctic bears itself through the metal.
Discard the ice in your cocktail glass, and strain the contents of your shaker into said glass.
Rub the rim of the glass with the peel from an orange, and garnish with the orange peel.
Present for the enjoyment of the imbiber.