3/4 oz Green Tea Syrup
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Apricot Liqueur
2 dash Angostura Orange Bitters
3 drops Orange Blossom Water
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
At the Appleton event last week, Russell House Tavern bar manager Aaron Butler mentioned to me that their new cocktail menu was launching the next day and that I should try to stop by sometime. So two days later on Wednesday, I paid Russell House a visit and found a seat downstairs where bartenders Miz Martinez and John McElroy were manning the bar. For a starting point, I picked the Kobayashi Maru for the combination of smokey Japanese single malt and green tea syrup seemed rather alluring; the green tea syrup was doing double duty on the menu for they were also serving Jerry Thomas' Cold Ruby Punch. While a Google search told me that the Kobayashi Maru was a Star Trek reference for a no-win situation that tests a cadet's character, I decided to ask Aaron about the drink he crafted. Aaron said, "As for creating the Kobayashi Maru, I was watching Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan, and at the beginning the Kobayahi Maru test is being performed. And I really wanted to name a cocktail that because I'm a big nerd. This also happened around the time of the Japan earthquake, so I decided to support Japan by using Yamazaki Whiskey."