Welcome, Friends of Cocktails, to the 3rd Halloween special of Cocktail Time. I’ll be your host, Kevin Addams - the Scandinavian cousin of Gomez & Fester Addams - and today we’ll be making a perfect cocktail to celebrate Wednesday’s own show on Netflix. It centers around her being enrolled by her parents to Nevermore Academy (their old stomping ground) after she gets expelled from her old school.
Apparently Wednesday isn’t thrilled about this, and my trusted assistant, the Phantom Hand, tells me that her old friend the Thing was also sent there to look after her. Because of this, Wednesday has asked her uncle Kevin for help, so together we’ll make… Wednesday’s Revenge! We’ll go through the ingredients, how to make it and then we’ll take it to Nevermore Academy for Wednesday to try it out herself, so with that out of the way, it’s Halloween Cocktail Time!
I know from a wild party at the Addams Mansion that Morticia is a big fan of a green cocktail with a white bubbly head. This was obviously served with dry ice, which is pretty cool, but we already used that 2 years ago for the Halloween Penicillin, which was as black as the typical Addams’ wardrobe. But as the old saying goes: “Revenge is best served cold… and sour”, so I’ll make Wednesday’s Revenge as a sour cocktail, and give it a white frothy head with Super Syrup.
Also, since I really liked how Wednesday used piranhas to scare the bullies at the old school, I’ll make this cocktail with a fishy twist, so let’s start by making Tuna Aquavit
• 135mL (4.5oz) Aquavit
• 28g tuna oil
Begin by draining the oil from a can of tuna into a tall glass and wait for the flavorful oil to float to the top. Then measure 28g of it and add it to our spirit and mix to combine. Aquavit is a distilled spirit from grain or potatoes, and flavored with a variety of herbs. It has been produced in Scandinavia since the 15th century and I went for one matured at sea, to make sure the tuna flavors will go with it nicely. Now you just need to stir the tuna oil and aquavit mixture every 15 minutes until an hour has passed as the oil will float to the top.
You can now place your container in the freezer for the oil to solidify, and once you get a nice puck on the top, take it out and filter the fat-washed spirit through a coffee filter. With that, you now have a fishy situation! Also if you want to know if you can try this with another spirit, It’s Halloween my friend, you can make any evil combination you want. The last thing you’ll need before making the cocktail is the garnish: caviar from piranhas.
If you don’t have access to Wednesday or the Thing for some piranha caviar, you can use black seaweed pearls as a substitute, which you can buy here - but I’ve even heard you can find this at IKEA.
• 60mL (2oz) Tuna Aquavit
• 1 barspoon Suze
• 22.5mL (0.75oz) Lemon Super Juice
• 22.5 mL (0.75) Super Syrup
• 2 ground cardamom
• 8-10 white peppercorn
• 8 drops green food coloring
• Black seaweed pearls (or Piranha caviar)
Start by taking the 2 seeds from a cardamom pod and crush them lightly with a mortar and pestle, alongside the white peppercorns - this will give the cocktail a peppery aroma and a gentle bite, like a baby piranha. Now add that and all the other ingredients into a shaker, and we’ll do a reverse dry shake like we always do with Super Syrup. So shake the cocktail with ice first, to chill and dilute, then discard the ice and shake again to achieve the frothy head that can match an egg white sour any day of the year and twice on Halloween.
Afterwards you can double strain the cocktail into a chilled glass with a large ice block, which will hold our finishing touch: the caviar. This may or may not have come from piranhas, we’ll never know, but all in all the cocktail is beautiful in its own way. I’ll give it a quick taste before bringing it to Nevermore to see if Wednesday would approve of it.
You get a hint of fish together with a fresh citrus aroma, but it’s somehow not dissuasive. Flavor-wise this sour cocktail gives you enough spices from the aquavit and Suze to disqualify it as a cursed cocktail, but the fish oil and caviar make it just odd enough. So if you serve this at your Halloween party, your guests may be a little wary of what’s in it - if the green color hasn’t freaked them out yet that is! I have to admit, it is not my favorite cocktail, but it’s far better than it has any right to be given the ingredients.
If you want to know what Wednesday thinks of the cocktail, I recommend you check out the full episode on YouTube, but my guess is that she’ll like it. Cheers!
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