Comet Lovejoy

1 1/2 oz ButterflyBoston Absinthe
3/4 oz Rumple Minze
1/2 oz Rich Simple Syrup
~3-4 oz. Soda Water

1/4 oz Blue Curaçao

Mix the first 3 ingredients with ice and strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Fill the glass with Soda Water and float the Curaçao on top. 

This is an old drink from a couple of years ago when I tried to come up with something totally different in honor of the discovery of Comet Lovejoy back in 2015 which was spewing booze and sugar across the universe. I figured I’d bring it here from Tumblr and add it to the list of the Cocktails from Beyond.

The first thing I considered was how to capture the light blue-green of the comet. The green was, of course, an Absinthe Verte. I’ll be damned if I ever use Midori or, gods forbid, Pucker in a cocktail just because they’re green. For the blue, I was undecided. Bombay Sapphire didn’t seem right, this didn’t seem like a gin drink and I wanted a more neutral flavor, just not as neutral as vodka. I came across what looked like the perfect solution in Ole Smoky Blue Flame Moonshine but nobody sold it here locally. I had to resort to Blue Curaçao. Next, I needed to relay the idea that comets are really fucking cold so I went with Rumple Minze. To mirror the sugar that the comet was releasing I added a bit of rich simple syrup and topped it all with sparkling water like the ice crystals twinkling among the stars.

It is a fun concept drink which tastes better than expected, but I doubt I’ll ever make it again. If you like fresh, minty and sweet you’ll probably enjoy this very easy to drink cocktail. Be careful, between the 100 proof schnapps and 130 proof Absinthe, it can hit pretty well.

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