Cocktails O’ Clock: The Naked Pretzel

Everyone loves a naked pretzel… No? Just me then!

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Pretzels can be sweet or savoury… Versatility at its best…
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This cocktail is another relatively unknown concoction taken from Brian Lucas’ book: 365 cocktails.

Combining liqueurs most would shy away from is what really sets this cocktail apart from the horde. It’s a rather appealing colour which, considering pineapple juice is involved, in my mind is no small miracle.

The flavours are well balanced, with the Midori really holding its own against both the Cassis and Pineapple. The vodka is literally there for moral support, supplying a bit of an alcoholic kick to a cocktail otherwise weak in alcohol content.

There is no hiding the fact that this cocktail is a small cocktail, by volume, but by using crushed ice in a tumbler it can be stretched out a little freshening it up and there is even a precedence for the use of a flavoured soda just to lengthen the drink a little should it be too alcoholy for you…

Naked Pretzel Recipe:

2 measures Pineapple Juice

1 measure Midori

¾ measures Vodka

½ measure Crème De Cassis

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Pineapple and Midori: A tropical match made in heaven…
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Method:

1)      Pour into an ice filled glass and stir.

2)      Garnish with a pineapple leaf and slice.

As you can tell there’s really not much to this drink, simply built over ice and enjoyed with a straw, but what it lacks in complexity it makes up with in flavour… The depth is surprising and with each mouthful you can taste a little bit of each flavour which is, again, a small miracle considering the flavours used are rather powerful.

Invented by a friend of Brian Lucas (writer of 365 cocktails), although he never found out where the name actually came from…

The Naked Pretzel’s a refreshing and tropical cocktail perfect for the beach. Like a strong but fresh fruit punch. To make this drink longer, try adding some ginger ale to lengthen and crisp the drink up a bit (Making it into a kind of Pretzel Mule)…

Fervent Shaker Funny fact: Pretzels are baked bread foods, originating in Europe, that have the potential to be sweet or savoury, and this is the same with a cocktails. You can have a varied scale of all the flavours available to you and cocktails can blend both genres together (such as the Basil & Strawberry Cointreau Fizz).

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