Saturday, May 10, 2014

Welcome back! It’s been far too long so we have to hit the ground running with a drink that is not only tasty, but packs a little punch. Fewer steps than the Shiny, but with more ingredients and a far higher alcohol level, this drink is quick to mix but slow to sip. Perfect to pair with tiny sandwiches, even if the trick in this case is not wood alcohol, but moonshine. 

And so, in honor of Christie's move to the UK, here is Badger’s drink, the “Very Fine Hat”.

" 'Course, you couldn't buy an invite with a diamond the size of a testicle. But I got my hands on a  couple." -Badger        

1 1/2 oz moonshine (a good vodka will work too. It just lacks that lawless nature)
3/4 oz black tea, cooled (I recommend lichee congou as it makes a naturally sweet cup, but Earl Grey or English Breakfast are fine)
Splash of simple syrup
Apple twist, for garish

Brew the tea before hand and set aside to cool. Sweeten it if it’s too bitter, or you just like it that way. Once cooled, shake together the tea, moonshine, and simple syrup with ice, and strain into a teacup (yes, that’s necessary for the drink).


 Garnish with a long green apple peel and drink with a smug, self-satisfied air. It’s perfectly okay to indulge in a fake English accent at this point. The more Very Fine Hats you have, the better it will probably get. No, really. Trust me. And then recite River’s whole “sad li’l king of a sad li’l hill” line and you’ve taken one more very substantial step down Firefly fandom.




    Badger is this house's favorite Firefly walk-on. So much so that whenever we encounter the word "badger" either as a noun or a verb, we automatically start speaking Badger's lines in Badger's voice.

    Would wizard!Badger have been sorted into Hufflepuff, though? Hmmmm. . . .

  2. Hurray!!! It has to be drunk out of a tea cup! What is simple syrup? Is it an alcohol? I've not heard of it before.

    1. It's a sweetener for a lot of cocktails - non-alcoholic and easy to make: just heat sugar in water with a 1:1 ratio until the sugar melts. However, any type of low flavor sweetener should do it, so agave could probably work too.
      And... after I typed that I looked it up; seems for drinks it's sweeter so cutting by about a third is recommended; or you can make simple syrup with agave standing in for sugar.
      -The Neglected Husband

    2. And then I re-read my recipe and realized that a third of "a splash" s vague at best. A splash in mixology is generally 1/4 oz (approximately). Just enough to add depth to the drink's flavor, not take over.
      -The Neglected Husband

  3. I am currently drinking a Very Fine Hat, and it is very fine indeed, although I suspect I put in more simple syrup than either you or Badger would approve. I have a sweet tooth.