Sunday, 21 June 2015

A Tale Of Cocktails #54

Henley Skullfucker


1 bottle of Smirnoff Ice
1/2 pint of cider
50ml Pimms
35ml gin
35ml grenadine
50ml lemonade
50ml soda water

Taste: 7
Look: 7
Cost: 6
Name: 9
Prep: 7
Alcohol: 2
Overall: 6.5

Preparation:  Mix all ingredients together into a jug, add orange and lemon slices, and serve. Serves four. Well, it makes four cocktails. How many that serves is none of my business.

General Comments: This absolutely shouldn't in any sense work. The ingredients list looks like it was compiled at random from a dipsomaniac's wheelie bin. But somehow it's actually really pleasant. Everything shows up in the taste, and nothing overwhelms. The basic refreshing hit of the Pimms is still there, but the grenadine adds a touch of sharp sweetness and the cider adds depth even though it really shouldn't. Plus it takes no skill to make, and with an alcohol content equal to strong beer, you can safely drink it in some volume whilst outside on a hot day. Not that we did drink whilst outside on a hot day; we drank it on a cool evening while yelling at the television. But I assume the experience is transferable.

Plus, I love that name. Nuts to your Slippery Nipples/Sex on the Beaches.  If you want to give a cocktail a sex-name with some chest hair, you go the full Ostrogoth.

(Apologies to any actual Ostrogoths in the audience if I am misrepresenting your people. For all I know the Ostros of Gothia were best known for their skills at flower-arranging and for inventing the barbershop quartet. Skull-fucking might have been at most a passing trend.)

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