Wednesday, November 23, 2016

the isle of fawkes

2 oz Pimm's No. 1
1 oz Boodle's Gin (Beefeater)
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Fernet Branca

Shake with ice, strain into a Tiki mug, fill with crushed ice, and garnish with an "effigy from orange peel, fire, mint, pineapple leaves" (lemon shell with ignited El Dorado 151, mint orange swaths).

A few weeks ago, I was intrigued with a drink on Brian Maxwell's Instagram called the Isle of Fawkes that he had created either at the Grass Skirt Tiki Room or the Side Bar, both in a Columbus, Ohio. While the Instagram description only listed the ingredients, I spotted the actually recipe via the OnTheBar recipe database, and I decided to make it soon after. My guess is that he served this on November 5th which is Guy Fawkes Night commemorating the Gunpowder Plot failure; celebrations since this 1605 incident include burning his effigy in a bonfire. The combination of Pimm's and Fernet Branca reminded me of the Diddlin' Dora, and the fact that it was Tiki-fied did not hurt.
The Isle of Fawkes once the bonfire of a garnish was extinguished proffered an orange and mint bouquet. Next, lemon and tropical fruit on the sip led into gin and passion fruit on the swallow with a menthol-driven finish.

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