Gotta Drink 'Em All! Cocktails Based On The Starters From Pokemon Red/Blue

#001: Bulbasaur

For Bulbasaur, we're going with an herbal spirit, gin -- along with the earthy, grassy flavors of cilantro. It's a simple drink, but the flavors match well, and the sweetness of the simple syrup enhances the herbal flavors of the gin and cilantro. Like the Pokemon in question, the grassy flavors here aren't overpowering, but if they are allowed to linger, they'll blossom into something greater.

To prepare the Bulbasaur, begin by putting either a coupe glass or a martini glass into the freezer for later. Then, measure out an equal amount of sugar and water. Put them in a pot together over high heat, and mix until all the sugar is dissolved. Simmer the mixture until it reduces by about a third. We're looking for a nice thick syrupy consistency here. Then, throw in about a handful of fresh cilantro, and allow to chill. We're going to be putting this in the blender, and you never want anything hot in the blender! Remember, fire is super effective against grass types and also human skin.

Once everything is cool, throw it into your blender and run it until all of the cilantro is chopped up and incorporated into the syrup. Strain through a cheesecloth, paper towel, or cocktail strainer into a mason jar for later use.

Retrieve your glass from the freezer-- it should be plenty chilled by now. Now all that's left is to fix the drink. Get out your jigger and measure out 1.5oz of gin (that's the bigger portion of the jigger), and pour it into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Then, measure out 1 pony (the other half of the jigger, or ¾oz) of the cilantro simple syrup and do the same. Stir until chilled with a bar spoon (don't shake this drink, it'll get cloudy and lose its nice green color), and pour into your chilled glass. Enjoy!

TL;DR VERSION

Pour 1.5oz gin and 3/4 oz cilantro infused simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and stir with ice. Pour into a chilled glass.

Published May. 19th 2016
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