Cocktails on L’s Balcony – The Woodcock

by L Matthews on July 15, 2013

The Woodcock cocktailRemember how I said I was going to do a ‘Cocktails on L’s Balcony‘ feature on the blog? Yeah. Apparently I got too busy drinking cocktails and not busy enough blogging. So, to make up for it. Here’s a new cocktail inspired by a favourite line from Twelfth Night, which I saw recently with the very lady who dreamt up the whole regular cocktail idea. It’s called ‘The Woodcock’ in honour of the line spoken by Fabian about Malvolio as he takes the bait (a letter): “Now is the woodcock near the gin.” It’s a little like a Bloody Mary (so perhaps more apt for Macbeth), but with a couple of twists, like any good comedy. It’s a little smokey, a little tomatoey, and pretty ginny. And it’s very me.

To make it you will need a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in the following and shake it like a… cocktail shaker:

the woodcock cocktail recipe

Is that a Woodcock or are you just pleased to see me?

  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2oz gin
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 4oz Tomato juice

Pour into a highball glass and cut a couple of grape tomatoes halfway through to slot into the side of the glass. Add in a celery stalk and you’ve got yourself a cocktail worthy of the most murderous Lady Macbeth. Perhaps I chose the wrong play to inspire this cocktail. ‘Out Damn Spot’ will be my next invention. I’m pretty sure there’s no fatal flaw in this cocktail, unless you have no gin. A virgin Woodcock? No.

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