Decepticon Cocktail

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This is a cocktail that looks like a lemon drop. I know. I know! Sometimes, though, I wish I lived in a cartoon so I could serve this to someone and watch as their eyes bug out and their head spins 360 degrees over some appropriately kooky sound effects.

And  then I would jump up and run in place mid-air, because that seems fun.

The thing is, what you see above is just a pretty, exceptionally…. yellow way to serve up strong, herbal gin with a touch of smoky mezcal. (Not that anybody ever sees mezcal coming.) Don’t get me wrong–it looks bright and citrusy, and it is…  But the lemon isn’t there to balance out a buttload of boozy sugar, but rather a healthy dose of gin, smoke, and just a touch of nutty, grown-up Maraschino sweetness.

So yeah, this thing = one classy broad.

I’m still not done playing with Old Tom gin, as you can see. It’s basically recreated 18th-century English–obviously fantastic and really, really special.

As for the name of this, well, I’m sure you follow my Train of Bizarro Thought. Deceiving looks? Cartoons? Eh? Eh?

Confession: all I know about Transformers is that I accidentally went to see one of those Michael Bay movies and ended up fidgeting for the last half of it (which was, like, an hour and a half). And I never fidget, you guys. It was that bad. I really could have used one (or two) of these…  I am far better at drinking than getting through bad flicks. Know your strengths–let’s toast to our talents!  We are all so very talented.

Decepticon Cocktail
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  1. Decepticon Cocktail
  2. 1 1/2 ounces gin, preferably Old Tom
  3. 1/2 ounce mezcal
  4. 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  5. 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  6. Lemon twist, for garnish
  1. Add everything except the garnish to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass and garnish.
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  1. says

    Haha, I too was suckered into watching a Transformers movie and I’m just now getting over it. I amused myself by identifying all of the different places they were shooting in LA and then mentally rolling my eyes at how none of them were next to each other.

    While a giant car (??) transformed into an even gianter alien robot(???):
    Liz’s brain: “Oh please, like someone could really go from 7th street downtown to the Observatory in 20 seconds! AS IF, Michael Bay!”

    These are the things we are forced to do when watching painfully bad action movies. No wonder people drink!

    • Danguole says

      Haha, I bet that’s really fun! Perks of L.A.-living: even the worst most terrible movies can be made amusing. I like it.


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