July 15, 2006

Squid Ink

I looked in Webtender and in ExtraTasty, and neither of those websites had a drink named “Squid Ink.” I am surprised. There needs to be one.

While experimenting with pomegranate juice, Julie and I found that it’s so dark that it tends to make drinks inky, especially when mixed with blue curacao. Julie had the idea that it looked like squid ink. Our first version was too citrusy, but drinkable. I tried to make it more purple (going the Jesus Prayer Rug route) Big mistake. The results were not good.

But now, I think I’ve refined the recipe to something worth drinking. And it has my favorite distillate beginning with “r” in it. That’d be “rum.”

Squid ink is not the most appealing color for a drink. But I’m sick of my people trying to rename my drinks to things like “Pinky Tuscadero.” Wink.

Squid Ink

  • 2 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz Midori
  • 1 1/2 oz Spiced Rum (like Captain Morgan’s)

Shake over ice. Strain into cosmo glass.

Maybe it would be even darker with Gosling’s Black Seal. But Black Seal and Midori? Dunno ‘bout that.

Posted by James at July 15, 2006 3:20 AM
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I think your new drink should be called the "Johnny Cash."

Posted by: Maggie at July 15, 2006 8:02 AM

That's not a bad name, except the drink taste may be a bit foofy for the man in black.

Posted by: Julie at July 16, 2006 1:55 PM

Seems like a "Johnny Cash" would have whiskey. Or beer.

Maybe both.

Posted by: James at July 16, 2006 5:36 PM

"Brimstone" comes to mind as a possible name but it would turn most people off from what is a surprisingly tasty foofy concoction. I still can't come up with a good way to describe the drink's appearance. Rainy Bucket?

Posted by: Mike L. at July 17, 2006 4:09 PM

It looks like when you use an old-style rolling ball pen and then the page gets wet. Except that's not a very catchy name. It does look like "Runny Ink" but that doesn't sound so tasty either. Maybe "Rummy Ink."

Dunno, I kinda like "Brimstone," except it reminds me of an old coffee brand, "Brim."

Hmm... how about Undeadly Nightshade?

Posted by: Julie at July 17, 2006 4:52 PM

Did some research on pomegranates...

Persephone, who was made prisoner of Hades (as his wife), was tricked into eating 6 pomegranate seeds in the underworld and was condemned to spend half of each year in the underworld.

Have yet to purchase the resources to mix and see what it looks like, so I'll take some shots...

Given the mythology and the dark color, how about "Black (or Dark) Persephone", or "Hades"?

Hmmm...the Carribean island of Grenada takes it's name from the pomegranate as well, and I'm thinking of the "runny ink" description...if it's got enough gray in it, like looking at a dark stormcloud coming over the ocean, how about "Stormy Grenada"?

Ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates...how about "Osiris' Nectar" or "Zambemhotephotep"?

Posted by: Bull at July 18, 2006 2:21 AM

Ha - "Zambemhotephotep."

This drink looks really weird when you hold it up to the light. Even though it's mixed in a shaker, when you hold it up to the light you can see some of the different colors of the ingredients.

Posted by: James at July 18, 2006 4:12 AM

Yet still he refuses to call it "mood ring."

Posted by: Maggie at July 18, 2006 7:29 AM

I *really* like Hades.

Posted by: Julie at July 18, 2006 9:14 AM

Now, see, it seems "Hades" should have some whiskey in it. Maybe Voodoo, or something with an implication of "tropical."

Posted by: Maggie at July 18, 2006 9:24 AM

James, I have to admit you have piqued my curiosity. I will avail myself to the ingredients in the Commissary and mix some this weekend. They do not have Blue Curacao, but since it is basically the same thing as Triple Sec, I'll just add some blue food coloring.

I'll even see if I can get some of my buds to think of a name. Given the darkness of the drink and the visibility of multiple colors though, we navy folk might be inclined to name it after a shipboard item of similar quality - "bilge water" or "oily waste", both of which tend to be darkish, with colorful swirls produced by petrolium in water...sort of a nasty moniker for what I envision will taste like a "boat drink". Though I'm sure the tast will be nothing close to either (don't ask how I know!)

Posted by: Bull at July 18, 2006 10:54 AM

Maybe Black Fog. And the taste is exquisite.

Posted by: Julie at July 18, 2006 11:35 AM

I like "Bilge Water." I'm not sure what a boat drink is, but I'm sure you can imagine (at least a little bit) what rum and midori taste like together. There is a very slight vanilla flavor added by the spiced rum, but also an odd taste of grape, even though there is no grape flavor added. My guess that's the combo of pomegranate and midori.

You should do fine substituting regular curacao or triple sec for the blue stuff. Basically, blue curacao is cheap blue-colored triple sec, as you noted. I only buy it for the color, and it's cheap enough to justify that. The drink would probably be better with something expensive like Grand Marinier, but then every drink with triple sec is better when you substitute in GM or Cointreau.

In any case, I'd like to know what other people have tried to come up with for pomegranate drinks (especially if they were successful). I like experimenting and all, but my drinks lately have all been along the same spectrum. This one was an attempt to get away from the real citrusy ones I was creating and use rum.

I looked up "Boat Drink" on Webtender and it sounds decent. "Squid Ink" is much fruitier.

So, if you come up with another pomegranate drink and it ends up being good, let me know!

Posted by: James at July 18, 2006 12:54 PM

The only pommegranate drink I've really seen is the Pomtini which is just Pom juice and vodka. Perhaps with some lime juice. Patti and I tried it as she had one out that she liked. She was underwhelmed and I don't genarally like fruity drinks anyway so we ended up dumping the remaining juice after it lived in the fridge for 6 months or so.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at July 18, 2006 1:15 PM

Actually, I think I started the whole "renaming" thread, where James was completely happy with his original name. I was just making a joke.

Posted by: Maggie at July 18, 2006 1:21 PM

Yeah, I think this drink is already "Squid Ink."

But you guys are coming up with some good names. We now just need MORE DRINKS so that we can use all these great names.

So, get cracking, folks! One of these days we'll have an Aces Full of Links drink recipe book.

Posted by: James at July 18, 2006 3:02 PM

Or an Aces Full of Drinks weblog.

Posted by: Mike at July 18, 2006 3:07 PM


Posted by: James at July 18, 2006 3:13 PM

Followed by an "Aces Full of Drunks" tasting party...just wait until I get home this fall!

Posted by: Bull at July 19, 2006 2:28 AM

I see a brand in the making here like " for Dummies" or "Dive Into ". The possibilities for "Aces Full of " books and other merchandise are endless.

Posted by: Mike at July 19, 2006 10:28 AM

It's pure marketing genius.

Posted by: James at July 19, 2006 11:42 AM

why not just use Sambuca black? Shaken with Ice, served straight.

Not sure what you'd mix in...

Posted by: Rui Campos at July 24, 2006 7:37 PM

The drawback to using Sambuca is that it tastes like Sambuca.

Posted by: Julie at July 25, 2006 9:22 AM

Yeah, pretty much spot on.

Posted by: James at July 25, 2006 9:45 AM

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