Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mi-Go-Ji-To on National Mojito Day


8 Mint leaves
1/2 oz Gomme Syrup
1 oz Plantation 3 Star White Rum
3/4 oz Adnams Absinthe Rouge
1/4 oz Suze
1/2 oz Lime Juice (juice of 1/2 Lime)
Soda Water

Muddle Mint leaves and Syrup in a Collins glass. Fill 2/3 with ice and add the Rum, Absinthe, Suze and Lime juice. Give it a stir, top with Soda, and garnish with a sprig of mint and husk of half a Lime like a Mushroom head.

Following up yesterday's Piña Fhtagn for National Piña Colada Day, I made this Mi-Go-Ji-To for National Mojito Day adding yet another entry into the Mythos Absinthe Cocktails. While I never made a Mojito, or even had one before, I had a feeling I'd like it way more than the Piña Colada. I was right.

I did stick to using a White Rum here but decided to try a Rouge Absinthe instead of a Blanche to add a bit of tint, going for pinkish instead of green. From there I really wanted to try to make this a little more of a unique variation than by just adding some Absinthe to a standard recipe. I feel like that where most of my Mythos drinks are and I want to go back and revisit some to give them a little more expression than that. I decided to try the Suze as it's a new found joy and I though the rootiness would give it that earthy, spore-like tone deserving of the Fungi from Yuggoth documented in The Whisperer in Darkness.

As with all of the Mythos Absinthe Cocktails that filch on a classic, I try to go back to as close to the original version as possible and build my variation from there. Many drinks I have enough of a history with that I have a good source for a cocktail's best, true form to go off of, but with one I've never made before I have to work the Google-fu.

It's always frustrating when you look these drinks up and find the recipe for the "True", "Real", "Original", "Authentic", or "Perfect", version of the cocktail and they're all a bit different, even if they cite the same source for their recipe. The difference between muddling 3 Mint leaves as opposed to 12 can be significant. So, I usually end up using all of those as a baseline, find the most common consistencies and go from there, eventually ending up with something not too far off the standard cocktail.

Then, there are ones like this baffling recipe that has you add all of the ingredients to a glass, including the ice, and then muddle... with everything in the glass... including the ice...  Is this something that anyone does?