And onto the mixing!
Now it is time to show off those shaking skills. Get out your tin shaker and add the vodka infused with Sichuan peppercorns, black raspberry liqueur, lime juice, lemongrass and eucalyptus syrup and a teaspoon of blackcurrant.
Fun fact: Antonio decided to use blackcurrant and black raspberry liqueur to bring a taste of the Nordic forests into the cocktail, as the fairy tale takes place in a forest in wintertime.
Top up the shaker with ice, and now we shake! When the shaker is ice cold, you’re done. And now comes a fun part! As mentioned, the cocktail embodies both the Snow Queen’s cold and warm side. Now is the time to bring out the warmth, that she carries within.
Take a tea strainer and add 2 pinches of Sichuan peppercorns, and then dip them in Jamaican overproof rum till they are properly soaked. After that, with a fire gun or a lighter, blaze the Sichuan peppercorns 5-10 seconds until they are properly roasted. Strain the cocktail into the glass through the tea strainer with the roasted Sichuan peppercorns to capture some of those roasted and burnt notes. At last, add a large ice cube, a small eucalyptus branch and sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar to give it a wintery feeling.