December 8, 2010
“Slash sat me down at his house and said, You’ve got to clean up your act. You know you’ve gone too far when Slash is saying, ‘Look, you’ve got to get into rehab.“
– Charlie Sheen
What do you do when you have trouble coming up with a name for a cocktail you’ve created? Well, in these situations it pays to recall the solid gold advice of Dionne Warwick who noted, “that’s what friends are for.” So I decided to summon the help of a friend who has no trouble coming up with creative cocktail names, fellow cocktail wizard and NYC bartender Hal Wolin (who also publishes the spirits and cocktails blog A Muddled Thought). Before I even got a chance to tell him the ingredients in the drink, he quipped, “call it the Charlie Sheen!”
“Why Charlie Sheen? Don’t you wanna hear what’s in it first?”
“Nope, you should call it the Charlie Sheen.”
I liked the suggestion a lot, but I knew I needed to step up the cocktail to match the winningness of the name. The drink was pretty good as it stood but it needed something more. Unfortunately I didn’t have any tiger blood on hand (the Bronx Zoo was all out) so I thought of the next best thing, a product which has been the delight of many a mad genius throughout history, widely regarded for its ability to induce superhuman abilities but also feared for its potential to arouse madness–absinthe!
The Charlie Sheen
2 oz gin (I used Bluecoat)
3/4 oz mandarin juice
3/4 oz lime juice
2 tsp cinnamon syrup (Trader Tiki is a good brand)
2 tsp pineapple gomme syrup (Small Hand Foods makes an excellent product)
1 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp absinthe (I used Vieux Carre)
5 dashes Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters (you can substitute Fee Bros.)
Seltzer to top
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: collins, highball, or other tall glass
Fill your glass with ice. Place everything but the seltzer in a shaker and shake until well chilled. Strain into glass, top with seltzer, and give a light stir. Serve with a straw. I used a large 10 oz collins glass so adjust your proportions accordingly if using a smaller sized glass.
This drinks goes great with a line of coke, and you can put the straw to double duty in that case. It’s also the perfect highball to pair with your speedball.
Now go out there and win!
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