Welcome back, everyone, to another pre-release drink series! We’re covering the (absurdly large) main cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron. For the single biggest mo-cap character not played by Andy Serkis, we’ve got a tiki-inspired drink that’s long and strong.
TBG COLLINS (HULK)
- 2/3 oz (4 dashes, 1/2 tsp, or 2.5mL) bartenders/key/Mexican lime juice
- 1 tbsp (.5 oz, 3 tsp, or 15mL) orgeat
- 1 Jigger (2 oz, 1/4 cup, or 60mL) total absinthe verte (green) + traditional rum, young + agricole rum, young + light rum, young (recommended ratio .75oz + .5oz + .5oz + .25oz)
- 1.5 oz (45mL) ginger ale
- 1 lime wheel notch-cut for garniture
- Set an 11 oz punch tumbler
- Add 4 1-oz cubes of service ice to tumbler, set aside
- Add lime, orgeat, and jigger to metal mixing tin
- 2/3 fill with ice, seal and shake
- Fine strain with both Hawthorne and tea strainer into punch tumbler
- Top with ginger ale
- Garnish with lime wheel and straw
The Big Guy. The Big Green. Terrible But Gentle. Taken by Gamma. Tiki But Green. Taller by ginger-ale. Whatever the drink to stand in for Bruce Banner, it had to be be strong, with bonus points for crazy. Is there any liquor with a worse reputation for crazy than absinthe? If so, they’re few and far between.
The “Green” (see?) Fairy was notorious for making you see things, making you violent, etc. Between modern scientific analysis and legislation, modern absinthe is perfectly safe. Well, safe insofar as the only way to die from it is alcohol poisoning, like any other liquor. The stuff is strong, with most absinthes bottled at greater than 68%abv to keep it transparent rather than louched. Louching refers to the milky effect produced when watering down the alcohol so that some of the flavor compounds fall out of solution in the less boozy environment.
At any rate, with absinthe, the natural flavor pairing for sweet is orgeat, along with lime to balance with some tartness (and more greenness). The other major players are all rums, which have their own history of anger and rebellion1. Blending multiple rums with said lime, orgeat, and absinthe gives it that tiki-kitchen-sink feel, while ginger ale rounds out the flavor and provides fizz.
I suppose going full-tiki would involve switching from soda (making this a Tom-Collins like punch) to a blend of at least pineapple and orange juices (for the fruit punch route), but that’s another day.
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