In a world filled with cute, fluffy bunnies we're the bad batch. As in, cocktail sipping, extra garnish kind of bad bunnies. Let's grab spring by the carrots and get ready to shake it up. We're tending to our lavender garden and getting earthy with matcha. If you need to know more about the Mad Hatter syrup, go ask Alice when she's ten feet tall.
"That's no ordinary cocktail! That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered spirit you ever set eyes on!" We're almost positive that's how the quote went in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This gin-based cocktail uses matcha to get earthy, sweet notes to help fend off any killer rabbit.
Gin is the recipe’s base spirit, but feel free to try using vodka, white rum, or tequila (just make sure it’s 100% agave). The trick is to stay as authentic to the ingredients in the recipe as much as you can. Even using freshly squeezed lemon juice makes all the difference here.
Pro tip: when shaking cocktails that include egg white or aquafaba, always remember to dry shake first. This is an important step so the egg white doesn't expand as much. Recommended to wrap a towel or covering over the shaker to prevent egg-on-yo-face syndrome. The only known cure is drinking the cocktail you're making.
If you're using mezcal, you'll be indulging in the namesake for this cocktail by Old Tequila Town's 400 Conejos Espadin Mezcal Artesanal.
Disclaimer: There were not 400 conejos used in the making of this product, no bunnies harmed...
...unless we're talking of the ancient Aztec mythos and traditions. The number 400 was considered infinite. Mayahuel gave birth to 400 rabbits with the sole purpose to guard the agave. It’s said the spirits of the rabbits are with you on ever sip of an agave spirit.
Guest bartender, Trevor, helped to nail down the flavor using exotic mixtures ultimately making, as Pip lovingly put it, taste "like straight candy."
No time to say hello, goodbye with this gin-based cocktail that may or may not make you mad as a hatter. Beware! This is a hot cocktail, perfect for tea time with the March Hare... even if this was made for April's box.
The mad hatter syrup for this cocktail has a crazy assortment of flavors that are just... mad (pun intended). Fresno and orange dominate the syrup to give a beautiful partnership between the orange tea and spicy rimmed silly sugar.
This recipe calls for a mandarin orange tea, but you may be able to get away with similar tea flavors. Something on the sweeter side to compliment the citrusy and peppery silly sugar rim. No matter which tea you use, tea is an excellent cocktail mixer because it helps to hide a lot of the strong alcohol taste. That could be dangerous, but we'll just keep sippin' away.