To ensure I provided you with the best possible cocktail, I turned to a close friend whose mixology skills are far superior to mine. Without so much as a blink, Kristan Higgins returned the perfect formula to feature kraken ink.
Why, yes. From the dark and shadowy seas, cephalopod ink adds a mysterious, black sheen and a deep, briny flavor to the Martini.
Should you be unable to enter an alternate history to obtain kraken ink, any cephalopod ink will serve as a suitable replacement. I suggest obtaining a whole squid from your local seafood store but, for the more squeamish or land-locked, both squid and cuttlefish ink can be purchased online.
So where did I obtain my ink? Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a step by step dissection demonstration featuring the very squid used in this preparation.
Without further ado, I present:
The perfect drink for celebratory autopsies.
Depending upon the number of celebrants, double, triple, or septuple the recipe below, which accounts for a single adult beverage.
- 2 ounces of vodka of one’s choice, combined with 1/8 teaspoon kraken ink*, to recall that much can be achieved under cover of darkness
- 2 ounces of pomegranate juice, to symbolize the blood of one’s enemy
- 1 ounce of orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec, as one contemplates the sweetness of success
- 1 ounce of lemon juice, to hint at the bitterness that once drove you underground
Fill the martini shaker 1/3 full with crushed ice to symbolize that revenge is a drink best served cold. Add the now-black vodka and other ingredients. Shake as long as a thrill flows through one’s veins. Pour into an appropriate receptacle, garnish with a tentacle and enjoy.
*should this prove impossible to procure, substitute the ink of your chosen cephalopod (or an equivalency of black food coloring)
4) Nick the bulbous end of the ink sac with a sharp knife. Holding the mouth end, squeeze downward toward the nicked, bulbous end, emptying the contents into a bowl. Depending upon the species you have selected, the amount of ink you will obtain will vary. Plan accordingly to acheive your 1/8 teaspoon.
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