Let’s hope I’m better at making drinks than naming them.
Is this why scientists always name things after themselves? Except for that one guy who discovered the Sonic Hedgehog protein. (No, really, I’m not making it up.) He had the right idea, in my opinion, despite that I obviously don’t know his name, but Sarah refused to let me name this cocktail after My Little Pony characters, or even Pokémon.
“Not everything can be about cartoon animals,” she said, to which I scoffed dramatically.
She obviously has no idea what she’s talking about.
Anyway, this drink is a strange accumulation of ingredients that we first came up with while drunk (surprised? no?): sesame chili oil, spiced rum, pineapple juice, and amaretto.
What’s that, you say? One of those things doesn’t seem to belong?
LIKE AN ANOMALY?! Anomal..y?
Initially, I rediscovered the bare-bones of this recipe in a note I’d taken almost a year ago, an effort to remind my sober self that it was a good idea to make again. Unfortunately, drunk Serena and sober Serena are both poor communicators, apparently, because all drunk-me left was a list of ingredients with no proportions that sober me couldn’t decipher. But a pineapple sesame cocktail sounded damn good to me, so I tried it again.
I’ll admit, our first attempt at recreating this drink was so bad that I almost trashed the idea entirely. The sesame oil was like a punch in the face, and the ingredients, when mixed with ginger ale – which we omitted for the following reason – turned out tasting like paint thinner.
Our second try yielded better results. Results that, in fact, did not taste like they’d come from a drainage pipe at a chemical processing plant. And then, round three happened, and drunk and sober me united in a moment of epiphany:
This drink is good. It’s actually really, really good, and incredibly strange.
I have no idea how a pineapple sesame cocktail comes out tasting like a peanut butter and honey cookie, but lo and behold, that’s what happened. There are so many flavors in there that seem to just come out of no where – in a good way. Sarah says peanut butter, I say shortbread cookies, but we both agree: it’s damn good.
Now, for this strange combination of things that produces a delightfully strange flavor, the word “anomaly” is an apt descriptor. But why did I drop the “y,” you may ask.
…Because anomal sounds like animal, and Sarah is wrong, damnit.
The Anomal: a Pineapple Sesame Cocktail
Get ready for a flavor explosion. It might sound strange to put sesame chili oil – or plain sesame oil, if that’s what you have on hand – into a cocktail, but trust us. It’s a pleasant surprise.
…One word of warning, though. This isn’t really a cocktail that you can throw stuff into or change the proportions for easily. The flavors are so delicate on one end and so pungent on the other that any imbalances will completely change the flavor, so be wary, all you mixologists out there. This is one drink worth measuring stuff for.
- Cocktail shaker
- 1 oz. spiced rum, (we used 94 proof Kraken and highly recommend it)
- 1 oz. amaretto
- 3 oz. pineapple juice
- 1/4 tsp. sesame chili oil, or plain sesame oil
How to Put It in Your Mouth:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the ingredients and shake vigorously for at least fifteen seconds.
Fill a short glass with fresh ice and strain your pineapple sesame cocktail on top. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or chili, if you’re feeling brave.