Mustard Cocktail. Just Do It!
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No no, this is not a typo, and I am not trying to trick you with a catchy title – this is happening! I am not sure who started it first and why, but mustard concoctions have been gaining popularity over the last few years. From mustard seed infusions to actual mustard as a recipe ingredient, these bright yellow and slightly spicy cocktails have been popping up on cocktail menus in bars all over the country, and I love it!
To be frank, when I first saw the words “mustard cocktail” online, I was skeptical, to say the least. And I bet you might be too? But I am a mustard fanatic, and I love trying weird things, so I handled this experiment with the same spirit as a hot dog eating contestant on Coney Island!
The idea of actual mustard in a cocktail, however, seemed a little far fetched to me as a first project, so I started with mustard infusion instead.
The herbal profile of gin seemed like the way to go, and I started with infusing 12 ounces of gin (Bombay Sapphire) with 50 grams of yellow mustard seeds I found at the local herb store.
Once the Gin had adopted a slightly mustardy flavor and golden color (about a week), it was time to strain the seeds out.
The infusion tasted surprisingly good, with slightly spicy notes and very delicate, yet notable mustard flavor.
Mustard Seed Infused Gin (Tools and Equipment)
I tried a few combinations with the infused gin with varied levels of success. But the winner was this spicy cucumber concoction that I promise will be the talk of your next party.
Made with fresh cucumber, lime juice, agave syrup and enhanced with caramelized ginger candy and toasted thyme, this is one exciting and unconventional drink, and another bar quality cocktail you can make at home!
- 2 oz Mustard Seeds Infused Gin
- 0.75 oz Agave Syrup
- 0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 5-6 Cucumber Cubes
- Thyme Sprig (for garnish)
- Ginger Candy (for garnish)
Cut cucumber into 1-inch cubes
Add 5-6 cucumber cubes in a cocktail shaker and muddle well
Add the infused gin, agave syrup, fresh lime juice, and ice
Shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds and fine strain over ice in a tall glass
Using a blowtorch, caramelize a ginger candy over the cocktail and stir the browned candy into the drink to release the ginger flavor.
Garnish with thyme sprig (using the blowtorch again, you can toast the thyme for a smoke effect)