A couple of months ago, I was bumming around the internet and found this list of Haribo gummies not typically found in the US. Because of my love for spiciness and sweetness, Haribo Hot Sticks, raspberry-jalapeno, habanero-orange, and lemon-ginger gummies, caught my eye. The only problem – all these flavors are combined with licorice. While I detest eating licorice, I actually love the weight and dimension an anise flavor imparts to a cocktail. When The Straight Up chose Anise for Mixology Monday I decided to skip paying shipping and handling fees and imagine Haribo’s Hot Sticks as a cocktail. I added smoked cinnamon to complement the ginger and anise notes, while also being a quite literal stand-in for a “hot stick.”
“Infusion.” I try to infuse film, music, and literary analysis with political theory, and with this post I continue my fixation with infusing alcohol. I like to think that with every creative endeavor, as we absorb the influence of those who have come before us or work among us, we seek to infuse who we are, our souls, into the world around us. With my infusions, I try to both add complexity and uncover an essential idea – whether its the godliness (or lack thereof) within humanity or the tartness of blueberries. If you’ve stumbled into my experiments, I hope you stumble out inspired to experiment with a creative infusion of your own – alcoholic or otherwise.