I know you all think I make all this stuff up. But I swear to God that the following story is true.
About 20 years ago, I want to say around 1998, me, my father, aunt and uncle used to go to a mall to walk, after we had our Sunday dinner at a nearby restaurant. Anyway I would often slip away to a bar in the mall. And I liked experimenting with various drink ideas of my own. Why not?
One drink I came up with I called a Shirley Temple Black. Shirley Temples are often Ginger Ale and Grenadine. I simply added a shot of Gin. (And I assume you got the pun: Shirley Temple Black, when she was older and more mature. Get it?) Anyhow, that’s a pretty obvious one. So I’ll move on.
Another drink I came up with at the time I called Red Rum. One part Rum, one part Cream and a teaspoon of Strawberry syrup. (I could’ve added Grenadine again. But I imagined sharing this with a younger crowd. So I opted for the Strawberry syrup.) Shaken with ice, of course. And I trust you see I got this recipe name from the movie the Shining. It’s just a random name.
Anyway I could have sworn I saw one or two of these recipes somewhere. Although I just don’t remember what or where. As I said, the first one I could understand. But I think the second one is sufficiently unique, that that would have to be quite a coincidences.
BTW I have another drink recipe, if anyone is interested. I call it Nepenthe Cocktail. As I said before, nepenthe was an unspecified substance, supposed by the ancient Greeks to cause forgetfulness of pain and sorrow. Some think that this was something strong and dangerous, like opium. But others think it may have been the liquor Absinthe. Absinthe is now legal in the United States.
I simply make a Martini, one part Vermouth and two parts Gin. Then I add a couple of drops Absinthe. And I always shake my Martinis.
Thoughts? And have any of you ever encountered these drink recipes? And please tell me where.