Oh god how I love a bit of Sherlock. Having read these as a child, but in Swedish, I’m well aware who has done it for the most part but that takes away none of the reading pleasure I tell you. The dialogue between Holmes and Watson is just brilliant, and so are the descriptions and the intrigues. They are not however entirely politically correct but the are a product of their time and as responsible reader factor that in.
The Baker street irregulars was a term I came across in one chapter and it refers to the homeless children that Holmes employs as spies. The term then is in opposition to the regulars i.e. the police force. “Great name for a cocktail” I thought, and at that my imagination got the best of me.
There were actual drinking whiskey in a few chapters, and an awful lot of talk of creosote, poison simply put, but smells like tar I guess ergo use a smokey whiskey.
Plenty of references to Pondicherry, and you know I love me a pun, so a cherry had to be in there. It’s the season for old-fashioneds so I was gonna make a twist on that anyways, it was just a question of what kind. With someone smoking a hookah at one point, events in India at another and a lovely lady being a part of the plot I turned to rosewater syrup. It is top of mind, always. Last but not least some Reagans No.6 orange bitters.
However this would not be the cocktail that it is without ice cubes in the shape of diamonds. I really must insist. We are talking about a hidden treasure here people, show some respect!
The Baker street irregulars; makes one cocktail
1 cl rosewater syrup
5 cl Smokey single malt, I used Talker
2 dashes of Reagans No. 6 Orange bitter
Ice cubes shaped like diamonds (or other precious stones, some emerald cut cubes would very nice)
- Add Whiskey, syrup and bitters to a tumbler, then add the ice and start stirring.
- Stir until well blended and chilled.
- Add cherry.
- Serve. Enjoy responsibly.
Maybe not the healthiest thing but a lot better than cocaine as used by Holmes. Not as advanced as a plot that Holmes would relish in solving but the kind of thing to keep Watson in a good mood I guess. And we do need to keep the good doctor happy.