The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is THE iconic drink from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, written by the legendary Douglas Adams. Many websites and Youtube channels have put out their take on the drink, so why should we not join in too? Adams gives us a great place to start with the description in the book, so lets start with that.

Take the juice from one bottle of Ol’ Janx Spirit. Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V — Oh, that Santraginean seawater! Oh, those Santraginean fish! Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzene is lost). Allow four litres of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it, in memory of all those happy hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia. Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qualactin Hypermint extract, redolent of all the heady odours of the dark Qualactin Zones, subtle, sweet and mystic. Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger. Watch it dissolve, spreading the fires of the Algolian Suns deep into the heart of the drink. Sprinkle Zamphuor. Add an olive. Drink… but… very carefully…

For Old Janx Spirit, we’ll go with Tequila, and as Cleo Rocos, president of the Tequila society and creator of Aquariva was actually drinking the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster in the 80s who, we’ll use hers.Cleo Rocos pan galactic gargle blaster

Santraginean seawater suggests we need a little salt, and of course that will work just fine with Tequila, so a dash of saline it is. Three Cubes of Arcturun Mega Gin, this can only be something Navy strength gin, and Rock Rose is one of my favourites here.

Bubbling through Fallian marsh gas will be achieved with a little peat smoke – but rather than doing it ourselves lets add a dash of Laphroaig 10. Next – Hypermint extract – seems pretty simple – green creme de menthe. Why green and not white? Because green is more space looking, that’s why. For the Algolian Suntiger tooth, a sugar cube, and to spread the fires of the Angolian Suns, a few drops of Bittermen’s Habanero shrub to add the heat.

So, lets balance it (as best we can) and come up with this:

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Cocktail Recipe

  • 2oz AquaRiva Blanco Tequila
  • 1oz Rock Rose Navy Strength Gin
  • 1 Dash Laphroaig 10
  • ½oz Marie Brizard Green Menthe
  • 1 Sugar Cube with 3 drops of habanero shrub
  • 1 dash saline solution

Shake with ice and strain over 1 cube in a Coupe glass, with a speared olive and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder. (That’s what Zamphuor translates as!)

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