Monday, October 31, 2011

.Black Lagoon Cocktail.

picture via. Martha Stewart
Here's the cocktail Peter made for our Halloween.
It has a hint of Black Licorice for taste, 2 ounces of vodka {not that you'd ever be able to tell}, and wickedly cool Black ice.
I very much enjoyed this drink {but then again, I really like black licorice}
Hope you do too.
Here's our take on the Cocktail. A Since we didn't have black food coloring, our mixture turned out a cool, murky grey color.....Still prefect for Halloween!!!!
Recipe via Martha Stewart
Black Lagoon Cocktail
4 ounces Vodka
2 ounce Rosemary-Lemon Syrup {see below}
2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
Licorice Ice Cubes {see below}
Soda Water
1. Combine vodka, syrup, and juice in a cocktail shaker, stir to combine. Add soda water, and divide between two glasses filled with licorice ice cubes. Serve immediately.
Cook's Note: This drink is clear when first poured, but starts to darken as the black ice cubes melt. To make serving multiple cocktails easier, multiply and mix the vodka, syrup, and lemon juice in a pitcher. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve up to 3 hours. Pour mixture into glasses over licorice ice cubes, then top with soda water.

Rosemary-Lemon Syrup
2 Lemons
2 cups Sugar
2 cups Water
2 sprigs Rosemary
1. With a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from lemons, leaving bitter white pith behind. Combine peel plus remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine sieve {discard solids}, and chill.

Licorice Ice Cubes
4 cups Water
2 tbsp Anise Seed
2 to 4 drops Black Food Coloring {we mixed approx. 6 drops of each red and blue because we couldn't find the black color. It turned out dark grey}
1. Bring the water and anise to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat; let cool 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve {discard solids}, then stir in food coloring. Pour into ice trays {preferably square} and freeze.

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