Sunday, October 30, 2016

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Mad Scientist's Old Fashioned Petri Dishes
(Makes about 1 dozen 2-ounce shots)

For the cherry bitters- rosemary simple syrup:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup cherry bitters
1 rosemary sprig

For the Old Fashioned gelatin:
1 cup cold water
1 cup cold cherry bitters-rosemary syrup
1/4 cup Maraschino cherry juice
3 envelopes unflavored Knox gelatin
1 cup bourbon
1/2 teaspoon grated orange

For assembly:
Orange peel
Maraschino cherries
Rosemary needles

To make the cherry bitters-rosemary simple syrup: Combine the sugar, water, cherry bitters and rosemary sprig in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat and allow the syrup to simmer for 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the simple syrup into a small bowl and allow to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. Syrup can be covered and refrigerated for up to 5 days.

To make the Old Fashioned gelatin: Combine the water, simple syrup and cherry bitters in a small saucepan. Sprinkle all three packages of gelatin evenly over the liquid and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. After the gelatin is hydrated, bring the mixture to a simmer stirring gently until gelatin is dissolved. Remove the gelatin base from the heat and stir in the bourbon and orange zest.

To assemble the petri dishes: Place three halved maraschino cherries, a strip of orange zest and a few rosemary needles into the bottom of the petri dishes or small shallow bowls. Pour the Old Fashioned gelatin mixture over the garnishes to the depth of about 1/4 inch. Cover the petri dishes with their glass lids (or plastic wrap if using an alternate vessel) and refrigerate 3 hours until set. 
Can be made 1 day ahead.


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