Look What You Made Me Do

Look What You Made Me Do is an amalgam of liquors and ingredients, served in a jelly glass.

Rosso Vermouth as Nemesis

Folks, I’ve already discussed my struggles with Rosso Vermouth. You know that it is my personal cocktail nemesis. You can read about some of my travails with Rosso Vermouth here and here and especially here.

Back into Battle

Later the same evening as Rosso Vermouth and I duked it out over what eventually became the Peanut Satay, we did battle again.

What can I say, I felt like I had something to prove! And, I had time on my hands because Elizabeth retreated to a Zoom meeting downstairs.

If you recall from the Peanut Satay adventures from earlier in the evening, I had put aside a jar of failed ingredient combinations…this hot dumpster fire included:

  • Rosso Vermouth
  • Cherry bitters
  • Gin
  • Muddled strawberries
  • Pinch of salt
  • Small takeout container of peanut sauce condiment from local Thai restaurant

You may recall that I had thought that leaning into the possibilities for sweetness – either by adding cream, or peanut butter – would be the right direction here. This was hard-won knowledge, by the way, since the above tasted like medicine.

Taylor Swift

I turned up a mix of Taylor Swift songs, and belted them out, one after the other, while Pabu watched me work. He also loves Taylor Swift, and we do this together all the time, including dancing and hatching plans to create a video montage of the two of us, with a Taylor Swift love song playing in the background. Of course, I can’t tell you which song yet, but maybe I’ll drop that here someday.

Obviously, I felt very free, with Elizabeth engaged downstairs.

Back in the fridge, my eye fell on a jar of homemade Tayberry preserves, which Elizabeth’s college friend Nick had made for her.

I am still proud of the “Tay”berry connection, folks.

I thought what the whole thing needed was more peanut butter and jelly flavor…that also led me to consider cream, and muddled strawberries. Of course, gin remains a go-to so that was going to make it in there too.

I began with the earlier mixture, of course. Then I muddled strawberries and added gin; the whole thing was shaken in a cocktail shaker.

Success!

I created the finished cocktail in a jelly jar, and I layered it like a parfait – a layer of peanut butter, topped with a layer of Tayberry jelly, then the cocktail mixture poured over, then a layer of cream on top.

The rim was made of chopped peanuts that were stuck to the glass with cream. I garnished with a strawberry. Delicious! There’s something wholesome and fun about this – probably the hint of childhood peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and the casual glass. It was a real score!

Elizabeth doesn’t normally prefer sweet or creamy cocktails, so I had considered that I was making it for myself. But it turned out so well that I brought her a sip downstairs, during a lull in the meeting, and she asked me to make her a whole one! Which I was happy to do.

This drink was briefly (for 20 – 30 minutes) called The Chucklehead because I actually came up with the name earlier, while I walked Pabu and schemed over the recipe. But I think this name was more reflective of Pabu, rather than the reality of the drink…once I actually made it, it seemed to call for something else.

Of course, I landed on the title of one of the best revenge songs in Taylor’s catalog. Because I’m still mad at Rosso Vermouth, and this recipe – while an amazing success – still succeeded only because it tried to ignore the Rosso Vermouth itself.

This isn’t over, Rosso Vermouth!

Ingredients

  • Previous Failed Experiment/Dumpster Fire
  • Rosso Vermouth

  • Cherry bitters

  • Gin

  • Muddled strawberries

  • Pinch of salt

  • Small takeout container of peanut sauce condiment from local Thai restaurant

  • New Attempt
  • 4 oz. Gin

  • 2 Tbsp. Homemade Tayberry Preserves

  • 2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

  • 5 – 6 Muddled Strawberries

  • 2 oz. Cream

  • Rim
  • Chopped Peanuts, adhered with Cream

  • Garnish
  • Strawberry

Directions

  • Muddle new strawberries.
  • Combine new Gin and Previous Dumpster Fire ingredients in a shaker, with the strawberries. Shake until satisfied.
  • Rim glass with chopped peanuts.
  • Parfait-style, layer peanut butter at the bottom of the glass, then Tayberry preserves.
  • Pour the cocktail mixture over the PB&J layers – you can pour freely, since the layers are thick and will easily support the cocktail.
  • Pour Cream over the cocktail mixture – a little more carefully.
  • Garnish with strawberry.
Redeemed on August 25

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