It's Halloween, and the princesses, cowboys, and vampires are all in fine form.
Not to be outdone, I soldered together a mk1 arc reactor, pulled on a hoodie and a pair of sunglasses, and daydreamed about being Tony Stark supervising the distribution of custom-made, gold-foil-wrapped Knipschildt truffles to the children of Malibu's elite.
"Sir, my 'Trick or Treat' subroutine has failed to import my facial recognition library, and I haven't had a moment to recompile – will you just look at this line?"
"You're a disgrace to machine learning, Jarvis."
Because I am a procrastinator, I didn't order said costume sunglasses until Monday night, and the cheap-o eyewear didn't come close to the $35 minimum for Prime One-Day Shipping. Eager to tinker (and hit my shipping minimum), I added a sampler pack of Calvit's Shrubs to my cart.
I've been curious about shrubs – not of the short-statured bushy vegetative variety, of course, but the vinegar-based syrup kind. A descendant of medicinal cordials, the shrub is experiencing a resurgence thanks to the craft cocktail movement, but I still don't see it on cocktail menus on a regular basis yet. So when my wife and I asked each other "what are we drinking?" in near-unison when I arrived home from work, I broke open the package with glee.
Sampler #1 features an herby, earthy trio of Thai Basil, Ginger & Lemongrass, and Beet & Ginger, all handmade elixirs for mixing with cocktails, soda or tonic. Scouring the basement produced some homemade Chambord from Andrew Schloss' Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits and a bottle of Bacardi (pay no attention to the Tito's in the pic -- misguided mod), which I thought would go nicely with the Beet & Ginger. A squeeze of lemon, a shaker of ice, a splash of soda and two chilled glasses later, I had my very own Halloween original I've dubbed...
Cham-BOO-d Blood Punch!
Whatever, yo, I'm not in Marketing anymore, feel free to come up with your own damn name for it.
Cham-BOO-d Blood Punch2 oz. Rum
1 oz. Chambord
.5 oz. lemon juice
Calvit's Beet & Ginger shrub
thin slice of lemon
black raspberries if you got 'em
Fill a highball glass with ice. I used a tumbler because Tony Stark uses whatever fucking glass he wants.
Mix the shrub syrup with soda following the instructions on the label.
Combine rum, Chambord and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake until very cold and strain into your glass.
Top with soda, and garnish with a lemon slice and, optionally, black raspberries.
Alternatively, add a smidge of the shrub syrup to your shaker, skip the soda, and serve straight up.