Sir, Some Freshly Ground Pepper for my Drink!

So, all of the sudden I seem to be stumbling across cocktails with pepper in them. No, I’m not talking about Bloody Marys either. Here are two I’ve enjoyed recently:

Boris Karloff

  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbs confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 oz chilled club soda
  • Pinch each of finely grated lime zest and freshly ground pepper, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, sugar and egg white. Dry shake. Add ice and shake again.  Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, stir in club soda and garnish with lime zest and pepper.

By Todd Thrasher, Food & Wine Cocktails ’09.

And one with cayenne pepper in it called the Tante Marie Fizz. I happen to have a bottle of the Whitley Neill gin and it’s very nice in this cocktail. I found this one through Saveur magazine. Click below to go to the recipe.

Tante Marie Fizz

Published in: on March 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm  Comments (1)  

A Truly Interesting and Contemplative Quaff

Root - pic from

I was in Cask the other day and noticed a bottle of something called Root based on a root beer recipe.  I was tempted, but then dismissed it as probably being something nasty and artificial. I obviously forgot that I was in Cask and not BevMo because if Cask had it, it was probably worth checking out. When I got home I looked it up and was immediately intrigued enough to go back and buy a bottle.  It turns out that Root is an organic liqueur based on an alcoholic pre-prohibition “root tea” recipe, which eventually spawned the nonalcoholic root beer as we know it today (yeah, I know, go figure).  I could waste time writing about it or, I could go mix myself up a Root cocktail and you could watch this video instead.

I based the following cocktail on my favorite Heaven’s Dog Agricole Rum Punch. I used Root instead of the Allspice Dram and increased the quantity. I added a homemade vanilla syrup to the sugar cane syrup because root beer and vanilla…well, you know.

Root Ti’ Swizzle

  • .5 oz Root
  • 1.5 oz La Favorite Rhum Agricole Ambre
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz Martinique sugar cane syrup
  • .5 oz homemade vanilla syrup (rich simple syrup infused with Tahitian vanilla beans)

Combine ingredients in a 12 oz highball or double Old Fashioned glass.  Add crushed ice to top and swizzle thoroughly until well mixed and chilled. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment