For the “series vs standalones” episode, the drink is a take on “series” with a set of rainbow shots.
These are relatively low abv (alcohol-by-volume), since Avery had to drink all six over the course of the episode. If you’re making these for a group to each drink individually, you can swap the ratio of juice-to-vodka.
Blue Curacao (1oz) + Vodka (.5oz)
Blue Curacao (1oz) + Pineapple Juice (.5oz)
Pineapple Juice (1oz) + Vodka (.5oz)
Pineapple Juice (.5oz) + Cranberry (.5oz) + Vodka (.5oz)
Both of the cocktails this week highlight Interrobang brand vermouth. The Interrobang (‽) is a punctuation symbol that combines an exclamation point and question mark, appropriate for a discussion of dialogue tags.
This episode, we chose drinks that let the vermouth shine, while the other elements enhance and emphasize it. This mirrors the way your dialogue should stand as the backbone of a scene, with the dialogue tags and action beats as support.
Interrobang’s sweet vermouth is herbaceous in a way that reminds me a little of aromatic bitters, with a sweet red wine base. Orange helps smooth out those herbal notes, while the dry maraschino helps balance and highlight the sweetness of this low-abv drink.
2oz Interrobang Sweet Vermouth
.5oz fresh squeezed orange juice
.25oz maraschino liqueur
Orange wedge (for garnish)
Combine all (except orange wedge) in a highball glass filled with ice.
Garnish with the orange wedge.
“Said Isn’t Dead”
Interrobang white vermouth has a lovely spice note that almost reminds me of holiday baking spice. Grapefruit and honey add a little complexity that makes those flavors stand out, while vodka gives this one a hidden punch.
2.5oz Interrobang White Vermouth
1oz grapefruit juice
.5oz honey syrup
Lemon wheel (or dried lemon wheel) for garnish
Pour all into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well until chilled.
Strain into a martini or coupe glass.
Garnish with a lemon wheel, or float a dried lemon wheel on top.
This week, DC and Avery selected drinks that reflected our individual excerpts. Avery chose a mournful, herbaceous twist on the classic Last Word cocktail, while DC did a riff on an old-fashioned.
Matcha Elderflower Last Word
¾ ounce gin
¾ ounce green chartreuse Liqueur
¾ ounce maraschino liqueur
¼ ounce elderflower liqueur
¾ ounce lime juice
1 tsp matcha powder
Mix all in a shaker with ice
Strain into a coupe glass or Nick and Nora glass
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1½ ounce Lagavulin 16 Year Scotch
1½ ounce Avery’s Magical Maple Cherry w/ Cinnamon shrubs
1 sugar cube
1 peel of lemon
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 wedge of orange
1 splash club soda
Drip 3 dashes of Angostura bitters on a sugar cube, in a glass
Put a thin wedge of orange, a lemon peel, and a maraschino cherry in the bottom of glass, and muddle the fruit.
Pour Lagavulin on muddled fruit.
Pour in Cherry shrubs.
Put a handful of ice in a whiskey glass, stir, and finish with a dash of club soda.
Maple-Cherry Shrub Recipe:
1½ cups dark sweet cherries (frozen ok)
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup granulated sugar
⅔ cup red wine vinegar
Mix cherries, cinnamon, maple syrup, and sugar in a glass bowl or tupperware container and cover. Leave in refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days, checking and stirring once a day, until the sugar has pulled the juice from the cherries and there’s a good amount of liquid.
Strain juice through a mesh strainer and remove cherries. (These can be pureed into a jam for toast and will last at least a few days in the fridge, if you’d like to save them.)
Add vinegar to the juice and stir well. There may still be some stray sugar granules at this stage, but these will dissolve eventually.
Pour into a sterilized glass bottle or jar and refrigerate. Will keep for 3-4 months if refrigerated. The flavor will change slightly for about the first week, but then will stabilize.