Archive for November, 2010

Otaku: Cook Up – The Ginachu Cocktail

Yes, it’s finally time for my (extremely late) entry into Otaku: Cook Up, where we otaku prove that we can cook, too!

While I am a big fan of cooking, I’m not big on alcohol. Funnily enough, my fellow anibloggers on Twitter demanded one day that there be a Ginachu cocktail, and that it should be ‘electric’, and involve gin. Get it? Gin? Ginachu? Yeah.

Anyway, it just so happens that my friend Leigh Goody is a certified mixologist, and when she heard the idea, she decided to run with it. I told her what flavors and sensations I wanted to go into the drink, and she delivered big time!

First of all, it was requested that the drink be ‘electric’ (since my nickname is modeled after that Pokemon that everyone knows and loves so dearly). Whenever a drink is ‘electric’, it is because Blue Curacao, an orange liquor with a bright blue color, is added to it. Slightly sweet and sour flavors also came into mind when we thought of the word ‘electric’. Using the idea of fruit, we continued to build around those flavors until Leigh came up with this grand design.

Here’s the recipe for you all to try out!

The Ginachu Cocktail
Note: The following recipe makes an 8 ounce batch and should be good for two rocks glasses with ice in them, or for several shots.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin
  • 1 ounce of Blue Curacao
  • The juice of 1/4th of a good-sized grapefruit
  • Sprite (or any lemon-lime soda of your choice)
  • A lemon wedge or juice for the rim of the glass
  • Sugar for the rim of the glass

Here’s how to put it together:

  • Take your drinking vessel of choice and dip the rim in the lemon juice. Quickly dip the rim in the sugar, coating the entire rim. The sugar will help balance out the other flavors of the drink, but can be left out if you really want.
  • Put the gin, curacao, and grapefruit juice inside your glass
  • Fill the rest of the cup up with Sprite and stir gently
  • At this point the drink is done, however if bubbles aren’t your thing, you can mix the drink together in a seperate glass and then take another glass and pour it back and fourth between both glasses, which will eventually get rid of the carbonation. You can then add it to your drinking glass.

It’s as simple as that! I along with Leigh and my good friends Maureen (@FreyaMau) and Jon (@JanaiBlog) tried the drink out, and it was quite the success!

I hope you all enjoy it! Drop me a line if you decide to try it and let me know what you think!

Now get out there and cook up, otakus!

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