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

#006: Charizard

To prepare the Charizard, we're going to add a Fire Spin to the Charmeleon drink. To do this, we'll have to teach you how to rim a drink. If you already know how to do this, skip to the next paragraph. For the rest of you, it's easy. Set out two plates, and put a small amount of rum on one of them. On the other, prepare a mixture of equal parts sugar and crushed red pepper. Simply dip the lip of the glass into the alcohol and then into the sugar and pepper mixture, and you'll have rimmed the glass. The nice thing about rimming your glass this way is that the alcohol will dissolve in time and allow the Fire Spin mixture to adhere firmly to the lip of the drink.

Obviously, feel free to adjust the heat quotient to your taste, or even replace the crushed pepper with cayenne (or even the sugar with cinnamon sugar). Personally, I recommend going heavy on the pepper, as it takes the sweet-and-spicy flavors of this drink to another level. Call it a Rare Candy.

TL;DR VERSION

Rim your glass with a mixture of equal parts crushed red pepper and sugar. Then, pour 1.5oz rum into the glass and cover with ginger beer. Peel a piece of ginger about the size of a quarter and grate it into the drink. Flame an orange peel and squeeze the oils into the glass.

 

Published May. 19th 2016
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