And then,as if struck by a thought, he said “we are two magicians. Honeyfoot&Segundus” he said trying it out,as if thinking how it would look in the newspapers and historybooks.
Well, the books isn’t called “Honeyfoot&Segundus” so I’m not spoiling anything by telling you that these are not the men that will resurrect english magic. But they have a part to play,an important one, and they are some of my favorite characters so they get a cocktail. True gentleman those two, pillars of society one might say.
I did fall back on a bit of wordplay; honey syrup for Honeyfoot. And at one point Segundus is feeling under the weather and is served tea with a bit of licorice root and arrowroot. The arrowroot was omitted as it has no place in cocktails but I did let a bit of licorice root infuse with the honey-syrup which made it more earthy(I thought). Proceed as with a regular honey-syrup and let something like a thumb’s length of licorice root simmer with it. You can leave it in while it cools too.
On another occasion when Mr Segundus is not all well he is given “canary wine” to calm his nerves. That particular beverage isn’t made anymore, my research tells me that the closest thing is “Oloroso sherry”. Those to things were added to a reasonable dose of gin, which is frankly my cocktail patronus. Topped of with Plum-bitters(inspired by plum-pudding they are a quintessentially british taste and just the thing for two gentleman of english magic). It needed a bit of freshness so an orange zest seemed just the thing.
The Honeyfoot&Segundus; yields 1 cocktail
4 cl London dry gin
2 cl Oloroso Sherry
1 cl licorice root-infused honey syrup.
1 dash Fee Brother’s Plum bitters
- Stir ingredients in an ice filled stirring glass.
- Pour into the glass. Zest with the orange peel and then let it join the drink
This is lovely with loads of oaky tones. It can be argued that the licorice root doesn’t make a lot of difference so if you omit it, I won’t judge you. I just like knowing it was in there. I like my literary cocktails to be very rooted in the books and characters they are inspired by. I’m nerdy like that but you don’t have to be. You do really need to get yourself some Plum bitters though,they make everything nicer when used right.