Mean Green Machine
New Zealand isn’t exactly known for is cocktails, but here’s one worth a mention.
You’ll note, of course, the fancy cocktail glass… a preserving jar; indicative of New Zealand’s ‘rough ‘n ready, farmers-in-gumboots reputation.
Cocktail: Jolly Green Monster
With the 2013 Rugby Sevens tournament on in Wellington and thousands taking to the streets in costumes. I figured I’d get into the spirit of things (excuse the pun) with an original recipe designed to keep us dancing in the streets till the wee hours.
The Jolly Green Monster is a fresh, sweet ‘n sour, energy-inducing, party for your mouth. Fresh lime and kiwifruit provide a citrus kick of vitamin C which matches perfectly with an exciting spirit fairly new to the New Zealand bar scene, Agwa Bolivian coca leaf liqueur. With a stimulating, bitter tang it’s a perfect invigorator for these hot summer nights. A splash of apple liqueur packs another flavour punch, then it’s topped with soda or lemonade to create a refreshing summer cooler.
For an extra boost, swap the standard fizz for Monster energy drink so you can celebrate a New Zealand win (fingers crossed) with an extra bounce in your step.
JOLLY GREEN MONSTER
4x lime wedges
30ml Agwa Bolivian coca leaf liqueur
15ml Apple liqueur
Muddle/crush fruit in a large jar. Add spirits, fill with ice and shake.
Top with lemonade, soda or Monster Energy drink, depending on your preference of sweetness.
Garnish with a large mint sprig for a fresh aroma.
Jason Clark is the bartender at Hummingbird Eatery and Bar.
Doctors have advised that this combination of high caffeine/alcohol can lead to heart failure or decreased impairment awareness, advice that is ignored by governments because of the corporate finances involved.