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This is my first crack at a Labyrinth cocktail, and who else could be the inspiration but the Goblin King himself? The story straddles two worlds— the mundane ‘verse Sarah comes from, and the ‘Underground’, home of the eponymous labyrinth winding around the goblin city. Real-world Bowie’s preferred spirit was Bombay Sapphire, while I think the rusticity of hard cider is just right for Jareth’s kingdom, though of course the wicked Goblin King has something tasting of blackcurrants and unicorns sloshing around in that royal goblet of his.
Jareth spends most of the story trying (in tricksy, underhanded fae fashion) to woo Sarah; botanists believe the sour, intractable quince to be the true fruit that tempted Eve, and violet, a sister to pansy, with secret, secondary underground blossoms, is used by meddling fairy king Oberon in the love potion from Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The acidity and bitterness of the grapefruit balance the floral sweetness of the quince and violet, and, well, @thehudsonstandard
Lovestruck bitters are self-explanatory, right? And no tribute to Jareth would be complete without a generous pinch of lustre dust.
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3 oz @bnektar
Death Unicorn blackcurrant cider
1 oz @bombaysapphire
½ oz homemade quince syrup
1/3 oz grapefruit juice
¼ oz @thebittertruth
2 dashes @thehudsonstandard
one pinch silver lustre dust
Shake all ingredients except the cider on ice, strain into a coupe, top with cider & garnish.
Sip while gazing longingly— and imperiously– out of a window, or while draped across a throne, surrounded by your charming, if dimwitted, minions.
It’s a cocktail, nothing more. But if you turn it this way, and look into it, it will show you your dreams.