December 15, 2004

Sunken Lagoon

This concoction looks wierd, with an awkward blue blob at the bottom of the glass, and, I assure you, it tastes equally strange. At high society do's the bartender would in hushed tones remind you that finer tastes take time to acquire, and -- trust me on this -- he means that you should sip this drink slowly, smiling softly all the while and resisting the temptation to wince.

Ironically for a drink with such lofty ambition, the Sunken Lagoon's parentage is somewhat sub-standard. It was born out of a thirst for alcohol, a desperation to use a brand new bottle of Blue Curacao and a bar closet as bare as old Mother Hubbard's.

But all that is heresay. Here's how it is made: Mix 60ml dry gin and 30ml lime cordial (on ice) in a cocktail shaker; add ice cubes to a tall glass and pour this mixture in. Slowly add water till just below the top of the glass. Now add a blob of blue curacao, let it drop slowly into the water and allow it to gently fall and settle at the bottom. Embellish with crushed mint if you're really snooty. Drink slowly. And remember, if you don't like it at first, that this is a taste you will have to cultivate ...