El Fuolo? What, you may ask, is an El Fulo? Well, I will tell you, but first some mandatory waffle.
I read today, over on A History of Drinking, about National Pollinator Week. This seems to be mostly a US thing to promote the vital role of pollinating critters within the ecosystem, but being a great fan of bees, especially bumblebees, and agreeing with @drinkinghistory‘s comments that this was an excuse to drink, I turned to the burgeoning power of the internet in an attempt to find gin-based cocktails containing honey.
Well, it turns out that such cocktails are few and far between and all remarkably similar. Now, admittedly, I didn’t spend more than a few minutes searching – such is the affliction of the internet-generation; we have such small attention-spans – but I found what sounded like a cracking drink.
The drink I found, as you have probably guessed by now, was the EL Fulo.
El Fulo is an invention of one Pablo Moix, who is apparently a respected mixologist in LA. Heralding from the other side of the pond and not really being at the beating heart of the mixology scene, I have no idea if this is true or whether it is all hyperbole. Anyway, enough of the creator, on with the drink; I give you the El Fulo…
3/4 oz. Honey Syrup (2 parts honey and 1 part water)
3 wedges Lemon
9 Mint Leaves
2 oz. Dry Gin
1 oz. Gin
In a large glass, hand-press lemon and mint. Add the gin and syrup, add ice and shake vigorously for 6 seconds. Strain over fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass. Top with crushed ice. Garnish with a powdered sugar dusted mint sprig and lemon peel.
I garnished with several long strips of lemon peel and mint, and left the powdered sugar and crushed ice out (hey, I was cooking dinner at the same time, not creating art).
The smell is freshness incarnate; all mint and lemons with undertones of pine. This is essentially a Mojito concentrate with gin instead of rum. The honey replaces some of the rounded warm flavours of the rum and the gin just adds to the already piercing cleanliness of flavour.
It is certainly a wake-up call in a glass and the initial tasting reminded me of what I always imagined a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster to taste like. Drinking it slowly, as one should a drink with three measures of gin, the ice slowly melts, tempering the drink as time passes. It is awesome in the initial strong tasting and it is awesome as it slowly waters-down.