Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pyewacket's Revenge

This is a very esoteric name for a simple drink. Let me break down some of the history of it's name. Pyewacket was supposedly the name of a "familiar spirit" that an Essex, England, woman consorted with when she was tried for witchcraft in 1644. The name has been applied to black cats, experimental missiles, and witch characters in comedies ever since. It's strange to see such a singular name have no human antecedent!

Then there's the drink. Just 1 1/2 oz. of scotch in an Old Fashioned glass topped with cola. Here's the recipe just for consistency's sake:
  • 1 1/2 oz. scotch
  • cola (about 6 ounces)
  • lemon peel
And you just build it in a glass with ice. The lemon peel actually does a lot to change the nature of the drink, both in the nose and on the tongue. But there's a strange sensation when you drink through the sweet cola and taste the peat of scotch and sense the alcohol in there. It's kind of cheap tasting and a little gross. There are better ways to drink scotch and better ways to enjoy a Coke, for sure.

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