Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sunset cocktail: Arkham Sunrise

1 1/2 oz Plantation 3 Stars Silver Rum
1 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
3/4 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lucid Absinthe
1/4 oz Blood Orange Syrup
2-3 dashes Berg & Hauck’s Jerry Thomas Bitters (top)

Mix first 4 ingredients with ice and strain into an ice filled Highball glass. Add the Blood Orange Syrup and let it seep to the bottom like a resting Shoggoth. Top with bitters so they crawl down the inside of the glass like the tendrils of an eldritch beast.

Did I not post this before? I’ve had this written up for a while but I guess I never posted it. Maybe I never got a good pic of it before and withheld putting it online. Regardless, I made it just as I originally wrote it up and have pretty much the same complaints.

Most of my Mythos Absinthe Cocktails are based on established classic cocktails so I had need to make a variation of the Tequila Sunrise. I also hadn’t come up with a drink named from Arkham yet and here we have something.

I’m not sure I’m sold on this combination but I will definitely be pursuing the Arkham Sunrise as an addition to the list. As a whole, this was pretty bland but, as a whole, it turned out like I should have expected. I ended up thinking of adding the Blood Orange Syrup well after the fact and didn’t really measure well. I was hoping to avoid using it as I didn’t want to over sweeten it and I wasn’t sure if it would settle like Grenadine does. But it settled well, gave me the color effect I wanted and I do think it was a better choice than the crappy, store bought Grenadine I have on hand (I'll have to make some more again).

I specifically used the Berg & Hauck’s Bitters because, aside from being quite tasty, they’re quite dark and travel well and darkly down the inside of the glass when not mixed. I may cut back on the Solerno next time and maybe add some Luxardo, Chartreuse or something a little more complex just to make it more interesting... and more sinister, it's too happy and bland.

Now, to call it Arkham Sunrise or Arkham Sunset…?