Childermass knows. Childermass understands.
It is rare but it does happen; Mr Norrell acknowledges the importance of his manservant. Mr Norrell prefers his books but for life to function he needs someone to deal with the more worldly aspects;enter Childermass.
Having been in a magician’s service a long time, and having his roots in the North to begin with, he has picked up a few tricks himself. And that’s not the last of his talents. Childermass is nothing like a butler to be sure, he is a force of nature.
He is a man very at home in gin-joints and pubs. What we call gin now is a far cry from what was known as gin back then so I based this drink on “Oude genever”; the mother of the mother’s ruin(as it came to be known) and a spirit that has more common with whiskey then London dry gin.
I addition to that I used a salty licorice-syrup; salty licorice is perhaps a very scandinavian flavor that isn’t easy to get a hold of but it’s what I used. It’s black colour was a nice visual reference to Childermass’s dark clothes, and he is an acquired taste,just like salty licorice. A little grapefruit juice to round it all off, I don’t think he would like it more complicated then that.
The Childermass; yields 1 drink
5 cl oude Genever
2 cl Salty licorice syrup
1,5 cl freshly squeezed grapefruitjuice
- Shake the ingredients in an ice-filled shaker.
- Pour into the glass and serve.
This is strong and complex cocktail but one that has been appreciated by those who have tasted it(all swedes though). The licorice gives a wonderful aftertaste.