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The Beast Within

by Oliver Klimek on November 6, 2010

On Twitter I just was pointed to a slightly off-beat cocktail recipe involving a tarantula. This concoction was created by supposedly renowned bartenders and won an award at a supposedly renowned competition.

This is not a mixology blog, so I won’t bore you with ramblings about the obvious constant pressure for bartenders to come up with sensational new inventions over and over again.

No, this post-halloween party gag only grabbed my attention because of the tasting notes for baked tarantula given by the authors in their original recipe:

“Tarantula is baked in primitive fire heated oven. It is traditional and delicious snack, which if infused in spirits gives nice smoky, woody and tobacco notes.”

Smoky? Woody? Tobacco? Heck, why didn’t they just replace the tarantula with a dram of Talisker 25?

On the other hand, this idea of a baked tarantula infusion could work pretty well with whisky too. Perhaps Compass Box might feel inclined to create a Mr. Hyde counterpart to their Orangerie?

But then again I suspect the guys over at Brewdog are more likely to jump on the bandwagon. Let’s see how long it will take until they come up with a brew named “Spiderman’s Mouthwash.”

Photo by mikebaird via Flickr

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