Marx Food’s Electric Mixology Challenge!

January 30th, 2011

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a guest post from my sister, Resa…

Ginny emailed me a few weeks ago and asked if I would like to participate in a cocktail contest. I said ok and then forgot about it. I do not have a cocktail blog or even a general food blog. All I really have on my blogger resume are two guest posts. I figured that my chances of getting picked to participate were rather slim. It’s not that I’m a cocktail novice; I have plenty of experience mixing and drinking them. Evidence is available at my Flickr page (Use this link if you like gratuitous shots of cocktails and food). I just assumed that my minimal Internet profile would take me out of the running. Well, you know what they say about making assumptions…

I now present you with my entry into Marx Food’s Electric Mixology Challenge.

Marx Food provided me with a package of Szechuan Buttons and asked me to create a cocktail with them. They are little herbs that will make your tongue tingle. I think you are only supposed to nibble on a tiny bit of them at a time, but I was so excited to receive the package that I popped the entire thing in my mouth. Bad call. It was like sticking my tongue into an electrical outlet. The sensation only lasted for a minute and, initial “shock” aside, was pretty cool. I was excited to see how they would work in a drink.

The Buttons taste bitter and herby as described. They reminded me of chewing on daisies as a kid (Don’t look at me like that. I know you did as well….). I decided to play with the herbal taste and make a drink using gin infused with Szechuan Buttons and basil. I supplemented these with Domaine de Canton (ginger liqueur) and lime.

The Electric GinGer Button

2 oz. Gin infused with Szechuan Buttons
.25 oz. Lime Juice
.75 oz. Domaine de Canton
Handful of washed basil leaves

Fill a mason jar with gin. Crumble Szechuan Buttons and add to jar. (I used 1 button per 2 oz. of gin. Adjust at your own peril). Seal and let sit for at least a day. (I let it go for two).
Chill martini glass. Muddle basil leaves in bottom of cocktail shaker, add lime juice, and stir. Refrigerate for two to four hours. Add gin, domaine de canton, and ice. Shake. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with lime slice.

I am very pleased with the result. The best way that I can describe the taste is as the London born cousin of the mojito. It has that perfect mix of sweet and tart, but gets a bit more complicated because your tongue starts tingling on every sip. I will definitely be cracking out this recipe the next time I have company.

Disclaimer: Marx Food sponsored the contest and supplied the Szechuan Buttons.

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  4. Rebecka on February 9, 2011 6:17 pm

    Your drink sounds very yummy! It was really fun working with the Szechuan buttons for the contest! Best of luck in the challenge1

  5. M Rahmoeller on February 10, 2011 4:13 pm

    I read the recipe, Resa. This sounds so exotic. You have my vote. Good luck.
    Aunt Maria

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