Sunset Mythos Absinthe Cocktail: Yig & Tonic

 

2 oz London No.1 Gin
3/4 oz Suze
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Haint Absinthe
3/4 oz Liber and Co. Spiced Tonic Syrup
Soda Water
2-3 dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Boker’s Bitters


Build first 5 ingredients in an ice filled Copa de Balon glass (Or a bulbous red wine glass) that is garnished with a long, snake-like Lime peel (Horse Neck). Top with Soda Water, give a little stir and dash the bitters onto the drink.

Another entry to the Mythos Absinthe Cocktail list, The Yig & Tonic. This was inspired by the Suze Gin & Tonic I made the other day on World Gin Day and the desire to give the Suze and Tonic a more interesting name. Of course I wanted to include it into the Mythos Absinthe Cocktail list so, in order to be included in the list, it needed Absinthe.

In the Lovecraftian Mythos Yig is the Father of Serpents, though with the flavor profile of botanical earthiness from the Gin and Suze I was tempted to name this the Ygg & Tonic. However, naming it for a great and terrible gallows tree would take this out of the Lovecraftian Mythos and place it in the realm of either Norse or Westeros.

I did specifically want to use the Lime peel over a Lemon or an Orange peel for the color green’s closer association to snakes. I added the lime juice so I wouldn’t waste the rest of a peeled Lime and also for color which was also aided by the combination of the yellow Suze and blue Gin along with the delightfully green Haint Absinthe.

I was torn as to how to do the Yig Snake/Horse Neck garnish. At first I wanted to be able to express the Lime oils over the drink as the Channel Knife drew over the Lime, however, it’s much easier to get the whole Snake/Neck into the glass as a garnish when adding the ice but before adding the drink itself. Ultimately I did the latter after reading this good post on making the Horse Neck though it did still start to float up by the time I took a halfway decent picture.

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