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Friday 27 April 2012

The Boy and his Poison: The Parkin

Today is the final day of our Yorkshire week here at Domestic Sluttery and the contributions have been incredible. That said, when it dawned on me that I would also have to root out or concoct a drink that would hold its own with everybody else's amazing discoveries I was struck with a touch of fear. Spoiler alert: Yorkshire isn't renowned for its local cocktails… great bars and well-versed bartenders yes, but drinks synonymous with the area, less so.

It was this recipe for Yorkshire Parkin that ended up inspiring the solution. The dark molasses taste of treacle and spice of the ginger got me thinking. So, I present the Parkin - a North-European cousin to the Moscow Mule. Imagine all the kick of the mule but with a hint of Yorkshire spice and sweetness. It’s one of those 'any-time' cocktails that’s equally capable of shielding you from the rain as it is easing you into some afternoon sun.

You'll need:
  • 50ml vodka (its Yorkshire week so I went for the British Chase Vodka)
  • 50ml Black Sheep ale
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 12.5ml (half a shot) treacle
  • Ginger beer (not ale)
Then make
  • Stir the treacle and lime juice in a shaker till they're thoroughly mixed and the treacle has dissolved
  • Add the beer and vodka 
  • Pour the mixture over an ice filled long glass
  • Top up with ginger beer
  • Garnish with a lime wedge

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