1/4 Passion Fruit Juice (1 oz)
1/8 Blue Curaçao (1/2 oz Senior Curaçao + 2 drop blue food coloring)
1/8 Dry Vermouth (1/2 oz Noilly Prat)
2 dash Strawberry Syrup (1/4 oz Strawberry Shrub) (*)
2 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. I opted to strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice and garnished with an orange wheel (in retrospect, garnishing with mint would probably work better!).
(*) A good substitution would be either a half strawberry muddled in a 1/4 oz of simple syrup (with the inclusion of a fine straining step at the end) or a 1/4 oz crème de fraise.
When I spotted the Bluebeard's Passion last Saturday night in the Café Royal Cocktail Book, I first thought it was a Tiki drink named after a pirate akin to Blackbeard's Ghost. However, given the book, 1937 in the UK probably was an unlikely time and place for Tiki; meanwhile, Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic were only getting their starts in America. Moreover, Bluebeard was not a pirate but a landloving character in a French literary folktale written in the late 17th century by Charles Perrault, the same author who created Cinderella. In the tale, Bluebeard was a rich nobleman with a penchant for killing off his wives, until the eighth one figured it out. Scholars believe that Perrault modeled the Bluebeard character after a 15th century nobelman, Gilles de Rais, who was quite a prolific serial killer.