Island of Lost SoulsI split the Madeira with the sweetest and the driest (see my notes on Madeira), but perhaps a full 3 ounces of either of the intermediate two, namely Verdelho and Bual, could come close (perhaps the semi-sweet Rainwater Madeiras might work well too). I also thought about bolstering the ABV with a bit of brandy but I wanted this to not be over the top proof-wise. Once prepared, the Island of Lost Souls greeted the nose with cinnamon and nutmeg aromas with hints of mint and citrus oil as well. The citrus dominated the sip with lemon and grapefruit notes with a bit of the Madeira's grape peaking through. Finally, the swallow offered the Madeira with its solid acid backbone that finished with cinnamon and clove accents.
• 1 1/2 oz Malmsey Madeira (Blandy's 5 Year)
• 1 1/2 oz Sercial Madeira (Blandy's 5 Year)
• 1 oz Lemon Juice
• 1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
• 1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
• 1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
• 1 barspoon Grenadine
• 2 dash Absinthe (St. George)
• 2 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a Zombie glass. Top with crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig and freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg. A grapefruit twist, lemon peel, and/or paper parasol wouldn't hurt either. Add a straw.
So thank you to JFL for picking the theme to challenge us to look at the spookier side of drinking; while I did not create a horror mocktail, a half-strength one will have to suffice... And thanks to the rest of the Mixology Monday participants for keeping the jiggers jigging and the undead spirit of the event alive!