I invented a cocktail in October of 2009 that I called the Bronchitini, a gin martini with a splash of cough syrup. It’s better than it sounds, honest. I wrote about it on another blog back then, and I figured I’d re-post it here in honor of my cold.
When confronted with a nearly empty liquor cabinet and a yearning for a cocktail, One must innovate. After a recent bout with bronchitis, I found that I had a nice stock of cherry-flavored cough syrup. A new cocktail was born.
2 ozs. gin
one-quarter tsp cough syrup
Start with a chilled martini glass. Swirl the quarter tsp of cough syrup in the glass to coat it. Shake 2 ozs of gin in a cocktail shaker with ice to cool it. Pour gin into the cough syrup-coated martini glass.
Notes: I’ve attempted this drink with a cough drop as a garnish, but it becomes sickly sweet. The beauty of the cough syrup is that it’s sweet, but not too sweet. A tiny bit adds a bittersweet edge to the gin, and flavors it quite subtly. I used prescription cough syrup, but over-the-counter varieties would certainly work. I’d avoid children’s cough syrup (too sweet). The amount of codeine in a quarter tsp of cough syrup will be negligible, so go ahead, make two.