Merman

Recipe by Breanne Rupp

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • .75 oz. Seaweed Dry Vermouth*
  • .75 oz. Cucumber Gomme Syrup**
  • .25 oz. Manzanilla Sherry
  • Lemon Twist

Preparation: Add all ingredients to small shaker tin, including Lemon peel. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously until tins are super cold. Strain (do not double strain) slowly into Martini glass with blue cocktail onion already at the bottom.

*Seaweed Vermouth

  • 1 liter Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • Approx. 100 gr dry seaweed (I used a mix of Kombu & Wakame from Rising Tide)
  1. Combine and seal in a container for approx 3 hours, to taste.
  2. Strain and refrigerate. Keeps arguably for-ever, in the fridge.

**Cucumber Gomme Syrup

  • 1 Large Cucumber, Cut (approx 14 oz.)
  • 7 oz. Water
  • 14 oz. Sugar
  • 20 gr Agar agar Powder
  1. Blend cucumber, water and sugar together until sugar is dissolved.
  2. You can peel the cucumber first but I prefer with the skin.
  3. Double strain out solids, blend in agar-agar.
  4. Heat syrup in large saucepan until it reaches a low rolling boil, keep at boil for three minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, cool completely, double strain, bottle and refrigerate.
  6. Best used within a week.

***Blue Magick cocktail onion

Roll cocktail onion in a light layer of Blue Magick Spirulina powder, it will dissolve into the onion skin within 20 minutes.

Garnish: Blue Magick Cocktail Onion***

Glassware: Stemmed Martini Glass

Cocktail Inspiration:

For this drink I was inspired by one of my favorite classic vodka drinks, an ice cold dirty martini. I love the umami and saltiness of seaweed and used that as a light wash on the vermouth in place of olive juice. I made a cucumber gomme to add some bright, clean flavor and some texture. The manzanilla sherry has a nutty salty quality that reminds me of being by the ocean. I chose to shake this drink as I would a dirty Martini, and adding the lemon twist in for the shake releases the oils and incorporates nicely with the texture of the cucumber gomme syrup.

The cocktail is named “Merman” after the iconic scene in the movie Zoolander where Ben Stillers character is in a commercial for water, acting as a merman. His father, a masculine coal miner, calls him a mermaid and Ben Stiller corrects him, “Merman, pop. Merman.” I find this a hilarious reference, but also too real, with the often occuring mis-placed “gender identity” of cocktails based on their glassware. Many men make a point to ask for a drink and say “not in a girly glass,” but so often the stemmed glass cocktails hold the most alcohol, such as Martinis and Manhattans.

The presentation of this drink is meant to mimic the color of a beautiful Caribbean ocean. As the drink comes out of the shaker it is light green from the cucumber, but once it hits the blue cocktail onion it turns blue in the glass. Once it settles, the blue onion at the bottom is also a nice dramatic contrast.