I am a Whovian, that is, an ardent fan of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who. It is my comfort television, despite occasionally scaring the life out of me as a child and an adult.
The Doctor is a (mostly) pacifist time-traveller, whose main weapon is a sonic screwdriver, much more useful than any sonic weapon, as the Doctor himself points out: "Never had a long night? Never had a lot of cabinets to put up?" Doctor Who is humor and danger and doing the right thing for the right reason the right way. It is also out-dated special effects and clearly not-monstrous monsters. And I love it. Clearly, my two hobbies needed to combine into one, delicious, orange and vodka cocktail.
The cocktail requires vodka with the orange flavor and unnatural blue color of blue Curacao. Alone, the two were too sweet, insanely sweet. There were many false paths, until I started from the beginning again and made a white lady, but with vodka, and a bit of Curacao instead of sugar syrup. Close, but unsubtle. Rosemary simple syrup gave it a high note, and a dash of orange bitters amplified the orange.
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce Cointreu
- 1/4 ounce blue Curacao
- 1/4 ounce rosemary simple syrup
- dash orange bitters
Shake over ice and pour into a replica Art Nouveau glass, or something from the MoMA catalog (or whatever cocktail glass is handy).
For the rosemary simple syrup: make a simple syrup (1 cup sugar, 1 cup water) and add a sprig of fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a very low simmer until the syrup is lightly green and smells of rosemary, about one hour. Strain out the rosemary and allow to cool.