Presented for Full Tilt Fridays – Celestial Bodies
So while thinking up which cocktail I was going to make for this week’s party, I was presented with the idea to make a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster. You’ve heard of it, right? A natural classic invented by Douglas Adams for his radio show, which made its print appearance in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It’s the type of cocktail that is considered highly inadvisable to drink more than two at once; the drink’s effect is described as “like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”
I really wanted to make this, obviously. Sadly, of the listed ingredients, only olives exist on Earth, and even if I had everything needed to make it, Mr. Adams has stated that it’s impossible to mix one under Earth’s atmospheric conditions. So, I had to scrap that idea. Instead, we’re going to have a simple cocktail that evokes the scent of space! Did you know that astronauts have actually reported that space has a distinct aroma? Raspberries, seared steak, rum and gunpowder. I think two of those things would make an absolutely delicious cocktail, so let’s make a raspberry daiquiri!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Rum (any rum will do, I’ll be using a Puerto Rican brand called Don Q because it’s silver and delicious.)
- Lime juice (as always, fresh squeezed is preferred because its tangy pep, but use bottled if you’ve got it)
- Simple syrup (We know this by now! 1:1 sugar to water, stir until it dissolves)
- Raspberries (Fresh berries, jam, even raspberry syrup will do. Scientists have identified ethyl formate in the Milky Way, which is the component responsible for making raspberries smell like raspberries. That’s so cool!)
This is another shaken cocktail, so have your ice and something to shake in ready. If you’re using any raspberry product with seeds or a pulp, a strainer would be handy to get the seeds out as well. I’ll be serving mine in a martini glass, but enjoy this any which way you’d like.