Marvelus Drink Recipe – The Infini-Tea Gauntlet

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Ingredients

  • 1 pony (1 oz, or 30mL) Eureka (not Meyer) lemon juice
  • 1 Jigger (2 oz, or 60mL) total oude genever (Boomsma Oude used here) + young light rum (Matusalem Platino used here) + young tequila mezcal (1800 Silver 100 proof used here) + curacao triple sec liqueur (Luxardo Triplum used here), recommended ratio 0.5 oz each of genever, rum, tequila, and triple sec liqueur
  • 1 shot (1.5 oz, or 45mL) Coca Cola
  • 1 lemon half-wheel notch-cut for rim as garniture

Procedure

  1. Set out a 11oz punch tumbler
  2. Add lemon and all contents of jigger to metal shaker
  3. Add 4 1-oz cubes of service ice to punch tumbler
  4. 2/3 fill shaker with ice, seal and shake hard ~12 seconds
  5. Double strain with Hawthorne strainer and fine mesh tea strainer into tumbler
  6. Add cola to top of drink, the sugar content/density will drag it through the drink to mix itself (no stirring required)
  7. Garnish with lemon and serve with straw

While not the final chapter(s) of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the films Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 will surely be the crown jewels (pun intended) of Marvel’s movie franchise. With the first cameos shown in Thor all the way back in 2011, dropping hints in almost every MCU movie following, the 2018 and 2019 movies will be one of the biggest culminations of movie continuity, ever.

If you haven’t been following along, be warned: spoilers ahead. It’s a foregone conclusion that the Infinity Wars will center around fighting for control of the Infinity Stones, sci-fi MacGuffins each strong enough to drive a movie plot in their own right. These gems are powerful enough to rip spacetime, mind-control superheroes, disintegrate anything too weak to wield them. Now imagine a glove built strong enough to house all 6 of them. That’s the Infinity Gauntlet. In the eponymous comic series, Thanos (the stinger Big Bad for both Avengers films and the behind-the-scenes Big Bad for Guardians of the Galaxy) takes the combined power of all the gems assembled and wipes out Half of the Universe. That’s a pretty impressive fashion accessory.

So shiny....

So shiny….

This drink is not-so-subtly riffing off of the Long Island Iced Tea. Like the Infinity Gauntlet, the LIIT for short has a reputation of knocking out many an unsuspecting victim. It’s so named because its golden color resembles iced tea, (and once your drunk enough tastes like it), rather than actually containing anything so delicate as tea.

A few changes: the original recipes call for vodka, and “triple sec”, usually referring to something like this:Artificial Triple Sec

The stuff is low proof (~30, meaning approaching strong wine territory) and somehow both strongly artificial and bland at the same time. Instead, we throw out the vodka and get a higher proof (~75, closer to the hard liquor minimum), higher quality curaco orange triple sec liqueur.

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Same alcohol, more flavor. Second, trading gin for oude genever. Now, I love gin, I collect the stuff (About a dozen bottles at the house). Nevertheless, beneath the juniper and other botanicals in the gin bill, the base spirit is 9 times out of 10 something neutral and tasteless. (Exceptions include Monkey 47, the rum-based far-too-expensive-but-so-good gin). Oude (old-fashioned production styled) genever, the Dutch predecessor to gin (“Dutch courage”, as it were”), is made with a maltwine (think strong beer) pot-stilled base. This can be aged or unaged, so Oude can still be clear (though it’s usually aged). Good bottles of the stuff taste like a cross between whiskey and gin. Subbing it in for the gin is a small but noticeable variation.

Ahh..much better

Ahh..much better

Note: Bars will often make a LIIT with sour mix, which has been treated with all manner of preservatives and filters to be a clear, sour, sweet mix. Using real lemon juice will give you a stronger and brighter flavor per volume, but even double straining the lemon juice with a tea strainer will get you a somewhat cloudy drink. The choice is yours.

** By the way, we just submitted this recipe to Loot Crate for their Marvelus Contest in their “Best Mixed Drink” category! If you like what we do, please vote for this and our other submissions (tagged Marvelus here and Nerd.Bar) at this link. **

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