Lion’s Dream: A Cocktail Inspired by The Wiz

Groundbreaking musical The Wiz is currently on tour across America for the first time in 40 years. As the cast eases down the road to their final stop on Broadway, we felt it appropriate to toast to the iconic twist on The Wizard of Oz with a mixed drink fit for a king. (Or should we say witched witch?)

The below recipe allows you to enjoy our The Wiz-inspired cocktail one of two ways: frothy or chilled.

Lion’s Dream: A Cocktail Inspired by The Wiz

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Bacardi White Rum
3/4 oz Empress 1908 Gin
A few dashes of Absinthe
3/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 lemon squeezed for juice
2 heaping bar spoons of Bonne Maman Orange Marmalade

INSTRUCTIONS

If you want a frothy cocktail:

  1. Use a glass cocktail shaker to watch the magic of the Empress Gin! Add gin, rum, simple, absinthe, lemon, and marmalade to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Dry shake (no ice) for a minimum of 30 seconds until a froth forms. Then add some ice and shake again for another 30 seconds to create a silky cocktail.
  3. Strain pour this into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with golden gooseberries and raspberries.

If you want to serve over ice:

  1. Use a glass cocktail shaker to watch the magic of the Empress Gin! Add ice, gin, rum, simple, absinthe, lemon, and marmalade to your cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake for 30 seconds minimum to create a silky cocktail. Strain pour this into a rocks glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with golden gooseberries and raspberries. For additional garnish, use your bar spoon and scoop some of the marmalade orange peel out of the shaker and lay it on top of the ice in a small pile.

Recipe by Sarah Cascone / Photography by Dave Bryce

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