Friday, May 7, 2021

Overhead Smash (Death & Co. Recipe)

This is actually a Smash cocktail, much like those made with fruit and base spirits back in the early days of cocktails. The difference is that this Smash (a name that denotes its method of preparation) is very much of the Tiki era of cocktails with cucumber, ginger and Angostura bitters. It is a riff on the Suffering Bastard of nearly identical ingredients. The difference here, however, is the addition of strawberry and the fact that that the Bastard's ginger beer preparation is now replaced with ginger syrup--effectively making it a ginger soda cocktail. 

One other notable change in this Overhead Smash from its forebears is that it has a potent aromatized wines, quina vermouth and Bonal, giving the entire cocktail a bitter base that goes well with the vegetable notes of cucumber smashed into the mix. 

The drinking experience is still the same as the Suffering Bastard, but knowing that is prepared as a Smash and has Bonal Gentaine-Quina just helps you appreciate the craft of it.

  •  1/2 strawberry
  • 2 cucumber wheels
  • 1 1/2 oz. dry gin (MurLarkey ImaGination used)
  • 1/2 oz. Bonal
  • 1/2 oz. Carpano Antica (Cocchi Dopo Teatro used)
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. orgeat (homemade used)
  • 1/4 oz. ginger syrup (homemade ginger brandy and simple used)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters (Hella used)
  • club soda
  • 1 cucumber ribon, 1 mint sprig and 1 or 2 drops of Angostura as garnishes. 

Muddle strawberry and cucumber wheels in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients except soda and shake with only a few ice cubes, then strain into a highball glass full of fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with the cucumber ribbon and mint sprig. Then dash Angostura on the mint. 


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