…or, the development of a theoretical cocktail…
The Christmas party for Furman’s Chemistry Department was looming, and my friends Greg and Paul thought that a new drink was needed to celebrate the season. Both had agreed that Bombay Sapphire gin would be the base. Greg had lots of rosemary left over from Thanksgiving, and wanted to find some way to use it in the drink. Because both of those components came from evergreens, they thought the name of the new concoction should be “O Tannenbaum.”
Paul didn’t have a real recipe, but he Googled the two ingredients. The recipe called for cinnamon and milk – not exactly what they wanted. Greg found another that used gin, Goldslager, and honey. The flecks of elemental gold in the Goldslager would add a festive air to the drink, but they needed to cut the alcohol content. Here’s the final recipe they decided on…
1.5 ounces of Bombay Sapphire gin
.5 ounces of Goldslager
4 ice cubes
2 ounces of Sprite
A sprig of rosemary
Combine ingredients except Sprite in a shaker and serve in a highball glass. Add Sprite as a final effervescent touch.
The thing is, the drink was completely theoretical. It had never been constructed until Paul mixed the first one at the party itself.
Brian was the first guinea pig, and declared the drink excellent. Paul fixed more for the rest of us, and we concurred.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
How lovely are they ice cubes..