Enshrouded in a chilling mist, Midnight Fog is a bourbon-based cocktail best sipped responsibly on a cool Halloween evening. This jet black libation is smooth and balanced with just a wisp of intrigue.
For the rosemary spiced cola syrup:
- 15 ounces of Coca-Cola (2 Coca-Cola mini cans)
- 3 cloves
- 3 cardamom pods
- 2 whole star anise
- 1 large cinnamon stick
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
For the cocktail:
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 1/2 ounce scotch
- 1/2 ounce Rosemary Spiced Cola Syrup
- 1/4 ounce lemon juice
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
1/8 teaspoon activated charcoal powder, to make the drink black (optional)
Dry ice pellets, for garnish* (optional)
To make the syrup, add cola, cloves, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and rosemary to medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool completely, then strain into a clean jar or bottle. You should have about 1/2 cup syrup. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To make the cocktail, add bourbon, scotch, syrup, lemon juice and bitters to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well-chilled. If you’d like to make the cocktail black, stir in activated charcoal powder. Strain into a coupe glass.
To make the cocktail foggy, add a small bit of dry ice to the drink. Just make sure the dry ice is completely evaporated (it will stop bubbling and smoking before you consume the drink.
* Do not ingest or swallow dry ice. Make sure the drink stops bubbling and smoking before you drink it. Always use gloves when handling dry ice.