Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Captain Collins

A Rum based Tom Collins spinoff I'm tentatively calling the Captain Collins after the Captain of The Emma from The Call of Cthulhu. Kraken Rum, Club Soda, Vanilla Simple Syrup, Creme de Violette and, of course, Absinthe make yet another fitting addition to my Absinthe Mythos Drinks.

After posting the last drink I was going through some old pictures because I felt that my older drinks at sunset pics looked a whole lot nicer than recent ones and wanted to compare. I came across this picture from the beginning of the fall last year, finally finding the Mythos Collins drink I made and forgot about. I changed it a bit from back then, traded the Ginger Beer for Club Soda to make it more of a Collins drink (and everything I made back then had Ginger Beer in it), added Absinthe (to keep it in line with the Absinthe/ Mythos theme) and changed the Maraschino Liqueur to Creme de Violette so it's a colder, deeper color.

2 oz Spiced Black Rum (Kraken)
1/4 oz Absinthe
1 oz fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Vanilla Simple Syrup
3 oz Club Soda
1/4 oz Creme de Violette
Lime Slice
Maraschino Cherry


Add the first four ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain into a Collins glass with several cubes of ice. Fill with Club Soda and top with Creme de Violette for a color of the deep, Garnish with the lime slice and the cherry.

One thing that I wasn't sure of was using a Lemon or Lime. Generally I like Lemon a lot better but there are times when, again, too much Lemon with sugariness sickens me like a cheap sour mix. The final decision to keep it as Lime here was based on the thought that I'm pretty sure the Royal Navy had switched from Lemons to Limes to prevent scurvy at the time Call of Cthulhu was to have happened. Whatever the reason, Lime did work great here.

While Captain Collins didn't last long in the Lovecraftian universe as he was killed by the "evil looking crew" of Cultists on the heavily armored steamboat named The Alert, at least he didn't die of scurvy or sobriety.

Old Yog

In his house at R'lyeh buzzed Cthulhu waits drinking . . .


It only seemed fitting to add another Absinthe based Mythos Cocktail to the list once this Cthulhu Tiki Cup arrived from awesomedrinks.com. The other drinks in the series so far can be found in the links on the side of the page. So, in addition to The Eldritch Storm Cocktail, The Long Innsmouth Iced Tea and The Dunwich Fizz, I introduce The Old Yog!

I love rum but I'm not a big fan of super sour-sweet drinks. It is, however, the dead of Summer and I now own a Tiki Cup so I wanted to make something fitting for the season and the cup's malfeasance magnificence.

It originally was going to be a variation of the Navy Grog though it's probably closer to a Zombie. If I had any 151 to pour over the top I guess it would be even more so.  I didn't want to use any Grapefruit Juice so opted instead for Pineapple, though there is not much Juice in it at all. There is also Lime juice since I juiced the Lime after making the Lime tentacles.

With 3 types of rum and the addition of Absinthe, it turned out really strong. Adding a little 151 would have made it a complete asskicker. It also didn't help that since I was so excited to get the cup, make the drink, watch the sunset and then the subsequent storm, that I totally forgot to eat.

OLD YOG


1 oz. White Rum
1 oz. Light or Gold Rum
1 oz. Dark or Black Rum+
1/2 oz. Absinthe
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Blood Orange Syrup
2 dashes Wormwood Bitters

Shake the ingredients with ice and pour into a collins glass or a tiki glass filled with crushed ice (especially if you have a Cthulhu Tiki Mug, by Horror In Clay from awesomedrinks.com). Top with a bit more Dark Rum and garnish with lime tentacles.