“Not guilty!” was the jury’s unanimous verdict on the charges of atrocities against a certain James Moriarty-- the name that could wake an empire out of its peaceful slumber. Yet, in the one instance that Moriarty sets foot in 221B Baker Street, Mr. Holmes, fully aware of the visitor’s intentions, offers him a seat and of course, a cup of tea. The tea is symbolic not only of the sophistication of the English way, but also the calm determination of Sherlock to hear ol’ Jimmy out. A cup of tea that would bear witness to Jim Moriarty’s prophecy of Sherlock’s fall. The tea plays a silent role of an on-screen audience, a part that this drink has been playing out for generations on and off screen.
Bingeing on the Sherlock series is probably one of the most agreeable things on a lazy Saturday afternoon. What goes with it better than sipping a cup of tea? Sipping a cup of the Sherlock & Watson cocktail. This elixir of tea mixed with the orchard fruitiness of a Highland scotch might just transport you into your favourite TV show universe. The sophistication of the Earl Grey and the maturity of the Highland scotch gives it the perfect balance.
Mix your own Sherlock & Watson
To prepare the Earl Grey syrup, bring about 235 ml of water to boil in a saucepan. Once the water is boiling, dip and steep your bag of Earl Grey for 10 minutes and remove the tea bag. Add a quarter cup of honey to the saucepan and place over medium heat. Keep stirring until the honey dissolves completely. One the honey has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool. The trick with it is to chill it before using in the cocktail.
For the cocktail, mix 60 ml Lochside Highland scotch, 15 ml Earl Grey Syrup, 15 ml of lemon juice, and 2 dashes of cardamom bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add some ice into the shaker and shake to mix everything together. Strain into a coupe or martini glass.
Now put your feet up, sit back and let Sherlock and Watson do the rest.
With a name as literal as that to boot, one can only imagine the ‘auspicious’ circumstances under which this cheeky cocktail recipe was born. Back in the 19th century, the moralists had a temporary victory over ‘societal evils’ when a ban was imposed on the production, import, and sale of alcohol.
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