Cocktail Pairing: Steamed Maine Lobster Dinner
So I have a large outdoor dinner to attend and I've been asked to pre-mix and bottle a cocktail (or two) for our table. It's a casual affair featuring steamed Maine lobster and ribs (strange pairing I know).
In the past I've made:
Left Hand (take on a negroni)
I'm good with a repeat, but would love to crowdsource something new from you highly knowledgable and tasteful folk.
I've been loving a rhubarb gin drink. Serves one:
Equal parts rhubarb vodka and gin
Juice of half a lime
Small squeeze of agave nectar
Shake with ice, then top with club soda.
I have home infused rhubarb vodka, and I have a rhubarb gin infusing currently for this drink. Or a rhubarb simple syrup would work too. It's my favorite grilling drink
The Chartreuse sounds like an odd pairing with Lobster to me.
I would look to Cognac/Brandy and /or Pastis/Absinthe
These come to mind:
Corps Revive r#2
Improved Brandy Cocktail
Death in the Afternoon
I think the Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a good bet. Very refreshing and the balanced tartness will work well with the richness of the lobster.
Here's a recipe I like, it's a little bigger than the classic, but the proportions are the same.
Corpse Reviver No. 2
1 oz. Tuthilltown Half Moon Orchard gin
1 oz. Bols triple sec
1 oz. Lillet Blanc
1 oz. Lemon juice
Spray or Rinse a chilled coupe with absinthe or Pernod. Shake ingredients on ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe.
How would you adapt this recipe for a bottled cocktail. The MO is to put a bucket of salted ice in the center of the table and have a few swingtop bottles of pre-made cocktails ready to pour. This is a plastic cup, eat with your hands affair. The spritz of absinthe might be a deal breaker. I *do* love that drink, though.