Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mythos Absinthe Cocktail: Zaman's Hill on the Summer Solstice, F'tahgn



2 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Orgeat
1 1/2 oz Plantation 3 Star Rum
1/2 oz Death's Door Gin
1/2 oz Copper & Kings American Brandy
1/2 oz Dogwood Distilling Haint Absinthe

Add everything but the Absinthe to a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into an ice filled Highball or Tiki, especially if you have the Innsmouth Fogcutter Tiki Mug, and carefully float the Absinthe on top. Garnish with an Orange wheel and a sprig of Mint.

And over Zaman’s Hill the horn
Of a malignant moon was born,
To light the weeds and vines that grew
On ruined walls I never knew.
The fox-fire glowed in field and bog,
And unknown waters spewed a fog
Whose curling talons mocked the thought
That I had ever known this spot.
Too well I saw from the mad scene
That my loved past had never been—
            Zaman's Hill - H.P. Lovecraft


Happy Solstice/Midsummer. I figured that such a day deserved a Tiki cocktail as it is the Summer and the year's longest day. So, why name a summer drink on the longest day of the year from a poem of an evening's bleak darkness and horror? Because this drink is based on the Fog Cutter for which this poem relates and I like horror and bleak darkness more than the heat and stark sunlight.

I've been really happy with both the Dogwood Distilling Haint Absinthe and Copper & Kings American Brandy in drinks. I also have the Copper & Kings Absinthe Blanche as well as a few other new Absinthe bottles I haven't even opened yet. I'm sure I'll get to them all at some point but both the Copper & Kings and the Haint both deserve a proper tasting and their own and reviews. I'm really looking forward to making time this weekend for both.

I did mean to make a homemade Orgeat for this but didn't get a chance. I'm really going to try to make an effort to have some made for National Mai Tai day on the 30th. This, and every drink that utilizes Orgeat, really benefits from a good homemade one. The Pistachio Orgeat I made for National Pistachio Day turned out great.

I also wanted to order this special Innsmouth Fogcutter Tiki Mug from Horror in Clay when I planned this drink based on the Fogcutter. I was bummed that I found it long after any chance of having it delivered in time only to realize that I had already sleep-shopped a previous edition of this very Innsmouth Fogcutter Tiki Mug in green. It was nestled in with my Cthulhu Tiki mugs, also from Horror in Clay. Sometimes insomnia makes everything a surprise and, yeah, I ordered the purple one too.