Continuing with the “wine-tail” themed post this week we encounter the Ignis Fatuus. Not content to just do a libation with wine as the main component, I’ve decided to have the next two wine-tail posts have a Halloween theme as well. The ingredient that makes this Halloween-y would be the spiced pumpkin pie mix, an item that I’m sure we’ll all have left over after making pumpkin pies for the neighborhood. (People still do that in the States, right? This is the 1930’s after all, as my stock broker keeps telling me.) We are lacking a spirits tasting note for the Cognac, for at this time, I do not have any samples of Cognac that have been sent my way (hint hint).
2 oz Chardonnay
1 oz cognac
½ oz simple syrup
½ oz apple cider
1 heaping teaspoon of spiced pumpkin pie mix
shake hard and fine strain into a cocktail glass
Why the moniker Ignis Fatuus you ask? While it may translate into Fool’s Fire, it was the name given the phenomenon of glowing lights in bogs produced by natural methane gasses reacting with chemicals that were present in the swamps. People, unable to account for these spectral lights created tales around the phenomenon. The more common names given Ignis Fatuus that you may recognize are Will-o’-the-wisp and Jack o’ lantern, and it is with this last one and its connections to pumpkins that the name was decided upon. (I told you that I have a difficult time naming drinks, didn’t I?)
You may notice that the instructions ask you to fine strain this libation. If you are unsure of what that means, I am asking you to not only pour the liquid through your Hawthorne, but a tea strainer as well. Click here to learn more about bartending tools.
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