Friday, June 11, 2010

Carrot Top on a Dare

MouthGuard, a frequent reader/commenter, dared me to make a drink and name it "Carrot Top" in, um, honor of the Philadelphia Flyers' Scott Hartnell. Since I am superstitious enough to make Sidney Crosby shake his head and say "Damn, girl," or whatever they say in Nova Scotia, there was no way in hell I'd try it until the Stanley Cup was safely in the Chicago Blackhawks' hands. (Anything but a Flyers win, was my philosophy.) I tend to Google recipe ideas so nobody can come here and tell me that, for example, the drink I named after Brooks Orpik was first created by Pierre McGuire, named "Leadership," and has been served in Philadelphia's best sports bar for years. Turns out there's already a cocktail called Carrot Top. I'm sure it's fine, but I had other ideas.

The "carrot" made me think of something that would taste like carrot cake in a glass. This cocktail purports to do that, but you'll see that something crucial is missing--namely, carrot. So I started with carrot juice. Also, I wanted to do something with Absolut Brooklyn, which is flavored with red apple and ginger. Frankly, I'd have liked it better in the fall and don't think there's anything particularly "Brooklyn" about this flavor combination, but it's good.

I came up with this. The Frangelico adds a bit of nuttiness and creaminess. Though it's martini-sized and worked nicely in a martini glass, I don't think it qualifies as a martini. My cocktail mentor sure wouldn't think so. Whatever it is, it matches Scott Hartnell's hair and his team's uniforms, but isn't nearly as repulsive as the Flyers organization or most of its players. Since it's the off-season, I'd even serve Hartnell one if he could swear he understands that Penguins are opponents, not food.

Carrot Top

2 ounces carrot juice
2 ounces Absolut Brooklyn vodka
1 ounce Frangelico
Dash or two of cinnamon
Cinnamon sugar to rim the glass

Combine all ingredients except cinnamon sugar in a cocktail shaker with 2 or 3 ice cubes. Shake thoroughly. Place cinnamon sugar on a plate; moisten the rim of a martini glass with water. Dip rim of glass into cinnamon sugar to coat. Strain liquid into martini glass.

Note on ingredients: I don't like to specify brands if I can avoid it--nobody's paying me to advertise for them and I don't want any perception that I am unless the company is actually delivering product to my home. However, I don't think any adequate substitutes for the liquors mentioned here exist.


  1. WELL DONE, FRIEND! :) I'm gonna shake me one this evening. Don't even have to taste it to know it puts the "other" Carrot Top to shame.

    The gorgeous warm, sunny weather out the window combined with the fact that hockey season is officially over serves as a reminder that it's also a-okay to start drinking Red Armies (i.e., Moscow Mules with raspberry sorbet, whirred together with an immersion blender).

    THANK YOU AGAIN. You are a genius. :)

  2. Oh, that's right! That Red Army would be "safe" now! I might have to try it, too. Since my boy Tony Stewart's primary car is red and he needs all the luck he can get this year, I like to drink red things for him on race day.

    Glad you like it. It won't be a forever favorite, but I thought it was a decent use for the Absolut Brooklyn. Hope you can find it--it just came out.

  3. Carrot juice is delightful in cocktails all year 'round, in addition to being good for your peepers and your skin. Combine it with vodka, and you've got an instant mood-lifter! Maybe you can use purple carrot juice to make it considerably less "orange"...