It’s MxMo time again, and this one struck me as funny. However I am glad that Rowen from Fogged in Lounge brought it to us this month. Mostly I got a giggle because I was already working on a vegetable juice cocktail. To be honest there’s nothing very Tiki about vegetable cocktails. Now Tiki is my thing and my lifeblood, but I do have a couple other inspirations.
I doubt I am the first boozehound to seek to honor the king of cartoon characters with a cocktail. They also likewise probably used his signature snack in some form or fashion. I am however bold enough to forgo all others and just whip my own honor up.
Bugs Bunny is synonymous with cartoons, Without him and the looney tunes who knows if one of my favorite sources of entertainment would still be around. Their humor was balanced like a great cocktail. One of my favorite memories from those cartoons was all the cookbooks and references to recipes. This cocktail in particular was inspired by the short Bill of Hare (1962), where Bugs rotisserie’s carrots over an open fire with the addition of honey. I had actually done a version of this a year ago but while going over my old recipes I decided this could use an update.
It’s important to go for pure carrot juice in this cocktail. You’ll want to check the label because it’s often cut with orange juice. While early versions of this cocktail were made with Rittenhouse I found it to be to alcoholic and dry in this application. We had used Bulliet last year and it proved again to be the perfect partner.
2 oz Bulliet Rye
1 oz Lakewood Pure Carrot Juice
½ oz honey mix (1:1)
¼ oz fresh lemon juice
1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake well with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lovely leafy carrot top is optional but fun.
The carrot juice and honey really marry well. Honestly they are a wonderful pairing that’s worth you looking into even outside of this drink. The lemon juice provides a needed lightness and acidity while the rye is ever present with it’s spicy character. You could focus on only one kind of bitters and get an okay cocktail, but using two kinds really improves it to my palate. Carrots and orange marry well and I like the added angostura spice in this cocktail. The nose is rich in that crudite plate smell that could only be carrots, but the honey and hints of the whiskey are well noted.
Your wit may not be as sharp as Bugs after a few of these, but it certainly might make a nice accompaniment to a rabbit stew. We’re glad to present this pretty tribute drink to all of you and maybe we can get in a part two for veggie Tiki. So until next time…
“You Get Hammered America!” – JFL
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