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Friday Cocktail Original

Blue WaspWill you test the sting of this Friday cocktail original, the Blue Wasp?

One night, I discovered a wasp–a blue wasp–in my house flying about.  Strangely, this occurrence inspired an idea: an attempt to make a cocktail replicating the black-blue-green appearance of said wasp with a little bite or should I say sting?  I considered what ingredients might blend together into a dark bluish appearance and what might add a little kick to the drink.  Thus, this cocktail was born.  Like literally yesterday!

Now there is indeed such a thing as a Wasp cocktail.  A quick search on the world wide web will list a recipe for vodka, banana liqueur, and ginger ale.  Although I have seen an alternative replacing the vodka with rum.  I can’t say the existing Wasp cocktail sounds too appealing, but perhaps you’ll find this one more inviting…

What you’ll need:  Kraken Black Spiced Rum, white Crème de Menthe, Blue Curaçao, and Crème de Violette.

In a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 1 and 1/2 ounce of Kraken rum, 1 ounce each of white crème de menthe and blue curaçao, and 1/2 ounce of crème de violette (or Crème de Yvette).  Shake and then strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.  Alternatively, you can just add the above ingredients directly to your glass of choice and stir gently.  The crème de menthe tends to be more pronounced when served chilled.

How I like it:  As above, since it is, after all, my creation.  I will mention, though, that one could use an elderflower liqueur like St. Germain, which tends to be more widely available, in place of the crème de violette.  And I suppose a dark spiced rum could be substituted for the Kraken, but I highly recommend the squid monster inspired version.  Any such substitiotions will certain lead to a greener–and in the case of elderflower liqueur–sweeter drink than the one pictured (and even that one looks more green than it does in real life!).

Don’t get stung, drink responsibly!

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