In my continuing struggle to come up with interesting cocktails I try to come up with some weird stuff. Those who have been reading for a while now know that I love beer and frankly I’d like to see it used for as a cocktail ingredient beyond your typical lager and whisky Depth Charge. Thus I present the Huff and Puff, a smokey cocktail inspired by Bigby Wolf of the Fables series.
It may look simple but its complex flavour and strong alcohol content will knock you back. I got the idea from the horrific Nicotini idea. My idea was to start with the idea of cigarette, of which Bigby consumes thousands, and try to make something smokey but tasty. The result is a mix of cold-brew lapsang souchong, a type of Chinese black tea tried over pinewood fires to get a nice smokey flavour, stout or porter, and bourbon.
35ml Cold-brew lapsang souchong black tea. Prepare this by putting one teabag is 300ml of water and let it steep for 2 hours.
330ml Stout, higher alcohol stouts or porters work best. Try to avoid smoked porter as it will overpower the flavour. I used Summer Wine’s Padrino Imperial Affogato Stout, which is sweet and nutty with a 9% ABV.
What do you call a lumberjack wolf?
A timber wolf!
I really enjoyed Listen, but the Robin Hood episode was probably the worst episode since Love and Monsters.
Their whole “omg we had NO IDEA” defense is so laughable
No but seriously, how does this crap keep getting through?
The Rose Baron: Bourbon Caraway Cocktail
I’m a pretty terrible geek. I’ve seen a lot of anime, but I haven’t really seen most of the Studio Ghibli’s films. KJ has though, and not being one to rewatch films often we’ve been making our way through some of the lesser known ones. Of these our favourite is The Cat Returns. Primarily for the suave cat protagonist Baron Humbert von Gikkingen. Also after watching a lot of Studio Ghibli I’m pretty sure Miyazaki is directly responsible for at least half of the Furries in our current generation.
I wanted to create a cocktail that mimicked the classy aura that the Baron exudes. So I started with my favourite liquor, Bourbon. I used Four Roses for it’s smoothness and also for it’s rye content. Because what goes with Rye? If you follow KJ at Need to Knead you’ll know that Caraway seeds are essential for a nice rye bread. So for my rye cocktail I made a caraway and lemon simple syrup. For some reason the Baron reminded me of a cat version of Tuxedo Mask from Salior Moon, so I thought I’d stick with the rose theme and add in a bit of rose water. The result is a sweet and flowery cocktail with a pleasant bourbon punch.
50ml High rye bourbon or rye whiskey
15ml Lemon Caraway simple syrup (recipe below)
1 Squeeze of lemon
4 dashes rose water
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice, shake and double strain into rocks glass.
Lemon-Caraway Simple Syrup
2 Tablespoons caraway seeds
1 teaspoon lemon peel
90g caster sugar
Bring water to a boil and combine with ingredients. Stir until sugar has dissolved then remove from heat. After it cools to room temperature strain and put into a clean bottle. It will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
He was a Russian Blue.
Quit fuckin differentiating “physical” and “mental” illness like they’re two separate categories.
Your “mind” isn’t a fucking magic aura it’s the product of an organ made of cells that exchange chemicals which is literally all your emotions are. Things go physically wrong with that physical system and need to be treated with