I definitely have Mummy Issues…. and a delicious Pink G&T is calming and prescriptive. My liquid therapy, or Pink Gin & Tonic drink features a nuanced flavor profile with premium Juniper-forward Gin, Angostura aromatic bitters, Juniper berries, Lime and Fever-tree Tonic water.
Why will I love this Pink G&T?
- This Pink Gin and Tonic is easy to make, and brings a fresh twist to a classic Gin recipe.
- Bitters and Gin is a great combination that has stood the test of time. It goes all the way back to the British Royal Navy. The Pink G&T traditionally featured the pink Angostura aromatic bitters which are an herbal alcoholic preparation based on gentian, herbs, and spices. These bitters were developed to give ailing soldiers a digestive system boost. In addition, the lime and quinine offered health benefits. More importantly, it tasted so good
- Who wouldn’t love the taste of a botanical Pink G&T in a Mummy glass?
Why was the Pink G&T cocktail so loved by the British military?
Angostura Bitters were a well-regarded digestive, and a wedge of lime staved off scurvy, (and gave the British the well-known moniker of ‘Limeys’).
Quinine was extracted from the bark of the Cinchona tree in the early 1800’s, and used as an anti- malaria drug. In 1858 Quinine was added to tonic water, to mask the bitterness of the prophylaxis.
Make a Halloween Pink Gin and Tonic (or Pink G&T)
Mummy Issues (a Pink G&T Halloween Cocktail)
Pink Gin & Tonic features a nuanced flavor profile with Juniper-forward Gin, Angostura aromatic bitters, Juniper berries, Lime and Fever-tree Tonic water.
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- Cocktail Glasses
- 1 Small paint brush
- 1 Small bowl or ramekin
Glass Decoration Ingredients
- ¼ cup Flour
- ¼ cup Hot water
- 1 Small roll Bandage gauze Cut down the middle to reduce the width by half
- 1 package Wilton Googly eyes
- 1 ½ oz Tanqueray Gin or other Juniper forward gin
- 7 dashes Angostura Bitters
- ¼ lime (juiced and included in the cocktail
- 2-3 Juniper Berries optional
- 3 oz Fever-Tree Tonic Water
Decorate your Mummy Glasses
- Cut Bandage length-wise, so that the width of the bandage is 1/2 a wide
- Combine flour and water in small bowl or ramekin, and stir until the solution is dissolved
- Use the flour mixture like glue, and paint the stem of the glass, immediately wrapping gauze around the stem
- Paint the glass where you want your gauze to spiral up. (Leave some spaces for the cocktail and Mummy face to show through)
- Tuck any edges and secure with your glue. Gently wash off excess glue marks.
- Be creative with your gauze placement, folding, and fraying- (Mummies weren’t neat and uniform)
- Lay the glass down on a towel, place to dots of glue- and add googly eyes. (Let dry for 5 minutes)
Make your Pink G&T
- Add Gin, Bitters, Lime and Juniper berries to a cocktail shaker and shake
- Add Tonic to the shaker and gently stir
- Add ice cubes to your glass
- Use a funnel to pour your Pink G&T into your decorated glass
- Serve and Enjoy
Where did Mummies start?
It is believed that the first mummified persons started around 5050BC with the Chinchorro culture of southern Peru and Northern Chile. In the Chinchorro culture -the remains were not Royalty- but every day people. They were preserved in a mummification process that changed over 4000 years. The most common Chinchorro mummies included black mummies and red mummies. The organs were removed, and the body cavities were dried. The bodies were then stuffed with reeds and sticks to fill out the body shape. Manganese paint covered the black mummies, while Ochre paint covered the red bodies. Clay covered the faces, and wigs adorned the heads. These mummies definitely have issues- as they have had little attention or research funding- so little is known. In fact, mummies have been found on all continents of the world.
Well known Egyptian Mummies started at least 2000 years after the Chinchorros (around 2600 BC). Eventually Mummification faded out when Christianity came to Egypt, but mummies are still being found -with one of the latest examples found near Cairo in January of 2023.
Unhappy Mummies roaming the earth?
The Egyptians preserved their Royal leaders for almost 2000 years, and believed preserved bodies were necessary for the Ka (soul essence) to return to. It was believed that if the soul did not have a properly preserved body to return to, the unhappy spirit would be left to roam the world.
So the idea of distressed Mummies roaming the Earth may have started with the Egyptians, but the Un-dead Mummy became popularized by Jane Loudon in the Mummy: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century in 1827. Further, authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Louisa May Alcott, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, RL Stine, Rick Riordan and Anne Rice capitalized on the idea that ‘Death is only the beginning”, and the Mummy has become a Fright Night staple.
Movies have also popularized the scary, sympathetic, and sometimes funny linen-clad monster. The 1932 movie “The Mummy” was inspired by the real-life opening of the tomb of Tutankhamun, followed by the “Mummy’s Hand” in 1940. Who could forget the comedy classic “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy” in 1955? Of course, there is also the Brendan Fraser Mummy trilogy from 1999 to 2008 that features action and adventure.
Mummies have become a Halloween standard
Do you have Pharophobia- the fear of Mummies? Ok that is probably not a thing- but Necrophobia, the fear of things associated with death, definitely is. Moreover, while many Halloween monsters create the fear of death, mummies are the only Halloween monster associated with ritual and historic practices around death, and generational stories of afterlife, and curses. Doesn’t that make them one of the scariest monsters? I definitely have Mummy Issues!
Is Pharophobia a real phobia?
Ok that is probably not a thing- but Necrophobia, the fear of things associated with death, definitely is.
Have Mummies been found outside of Egypt?
Yes, mummies have been found on every continent.
Are there still mummies being discovered?
Yes, there was a mummy discovered near Cairo in January of 2023. Many Chinchorro mummies remain buried in Chile and Peru since the local economies do not have the funds to properly exhume, store and care for the remains.
Are Egyptian mummies the oldest?
No, It is believed that the first mummified persons started around 5050BC with the Chinchorro culture of southern Peru and Northern Chile. In the Chinchorro culture -the remains were not Royalty- but every day people. They were preserved in a mummification process that changed over 4000 years. The most common Chinchorro mummies included black mummies and red mummies.
What is Mummia?
In early Middle Eastern medical writing ‘Mumiya’ referred to natural mineral pitch, but by the 11th century, European physicians started different preparations made from mummified human remains. Ground Egyptian Mummy medicines were prescribed for many ailments from headaches, and coughs to epilepsy, even as aphrodisiacs. As the supplies of genuine Egyptian mummies became difficult to procure, recently dead corpse substitutes were sold to apothecaries and herbalists. The popularity of this medical elixir continued into the 18th century.
Why are Mummies one of the scariest Halloween Monsters?
While many Halloween monsters create the fear of death, mummies are the only Halloween monster associated with ritual and historic practices around death, and generational stories of afterlife, and curses.
Aphrodesi’hacks for a Halloween Pink G&T
You can find your Angostura bitters, and Juniper berries online or at your larger liquor specialists. In addition, you can find inexpensive gauze at the Dollar Tree.
Prepare your Mummy wine glass of Highball ahead of time. Make them a little messy. Afterall, Mummies have been sleeping in their clothes…
Make your Halloween alcoholic cocktail in a shaker. Mix well and serve with ice. Use a funnel to pour you drink into your ‘Mummy’ glass. You don’t want to get the pink cocktail on the gauze.
You will love this traditional cocktail recipe as is, but mix it up! Refresh a pink gin cocktail and include fruit like grapefruit, or strawberry. Alternatively- add an extra dash or two of Angostura. Garnish with Halloween stirrers or decor.
This article originally appeared on CussKitchen and was syndicated by MediaFeed.
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