Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunset Cocktail: Pazuzu



1 1/2 oz Kraken Rum
3/4 oz Jagermeister
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
St. George Absinthe Wash


Shake everything with ice and strain into an Absinthe washed Collins glass (or Tiki mug?) filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a straw.

This is a drink I started to put together for no really good reason whatsoever other than all of the liquids (aside from the Pineapple juice) were dark and I was trying to come up with something else. But against all logic and sanity, these ingredients actually started to work. I really want to follow through with more uses for Jagermeister as it really is a wonderfully complex liqueur.

I ended up using a different idea for what I originally threw these things together for but I wanted to pursue this more, to make something very different. It;s not there quite yet, but it’s coming along nicely. I figured that this odd combination should be called Pazuzu, named after everyone’s favorite house demon of old. An original anti hero who may have not been a really nice guy, but he protected you, your home and your loved ones from those much worse than he.

This drink starts with a rum and pineapple sweetness but quickly comes back at you with a lovely herbal bitterness. I’m trying to figure out what ratios I need to change to develop it more, do I want it sweeter, less sweet, more kick… well, it really has a lot of kick already. The hardest part of this though is doing an Absinthe wash in a fucking Collins glass. Maybe I’ll just add a quarter ounce to the mix and call it good.