Ginuary 23rd: Neville Longbottom.

Harry Potter fans, hollaback. There are some awesome clever folk out there on the internet who happen to be a) nerds for certain things and b) clever with a cocktail recipe, and while I’m definitely a), I’m not quite b) yet. But I’m definitely c) ready with a home bar and willing to take your crazy ideas for a spin.

Neville Longbottom

  • 45ml tea-infused gin
  • 30ml PIMM’S No. 1
  • 22.5ml lemon juice
  • 22.5ml sugar syrup

 

Combine all ingredients (tea infusion elaboration after the jump) and shake. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass (or perhaps a teacup?).

 

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As the Backyard Bartender says, “a little fussy, quintessentially British, and unexpectedly strong”. A fairly decent description of Neville Longbottom and the drink named after him.

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Labelled, for poor memory.

For the tea-infused gin, the original recipe says this:

In an airtight jar, combine 1.5 cups of gin and 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of loose English Breakfast tea leaves. Seal the jar, shake once, and allow to sit at room temperature for two hours. After two hours, open the jar and strain out the gin.

What I did: picked out Bulldog Gin as the most quintessentially British gin in my current collection (do you reckon Churchill was a Gryffindor?), threw approximately two teaspoons of English Breakfast leaves into a small bottle with enough gin to fill it. Shook it up a bit. Left it overnight. Shook it again in the morning. Went out for brunch. Strained it when I got home. (All up around 14hrs steeping time.) Definitely a noticeable tea taste in the cocktail that I’m very happy with. So, choose your own teaventure.

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Elder Wand optional.

I guess this photo hints at my fannish tendencies for the world of Harry Potter.

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And I have leftovers!

In goes gin. I am actually pretty pleased with my infusion. Also pleased with using English Breakfast—a lot of gin and tea combos use Earl Grey, which is a lovely pair, but I think English Breakfast was an excellent choice for a cocktail also involving PIMM’S No. 1 (a fruity scamp). The floral notes can come from the PIMM’S, let the tea just focus on being tea.

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READY.

I am still working on my Boston shake & separate, and every time I tap it against the kitchen bench I am terrified that I will shatter the glass. (NOTE TO SELF: YOU ARE NOT SUPERMAN. IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY.)

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Almost chose a red glass. Went with gold instead.

Orange you glad I chose Neville today? Do you know, for the first few books, I didn’t care for Neville. He was a bit of a simpering fool and I thought he was misplaced in Gryffindor. I shouldn’t have questioned JKR, of course, because by HP & the Order of the Phoenix I liked him, and by HP & the Deathly Hallows I loved him. Also, I remain completely disarmed by how attractive(ly British) the movie character’s actor has become. Help.

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Focus. Focus.

RIGHT, THE DRINK. YES. It’s delicious. It’s definitely British, and it’s very drinkable. I love the tea notes, I think they play off well against the sweetness. I might go have another. FIFTY POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR.

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ROCK WAND