So … here’s the thing.
In TOW Dr. Ramoray Dies, Eddie defies the laws of physics and suspends a goldfish cracker in his fish tank and names it Chandler. So naturally we googled “Goldfish cocktail” and lo and behold GOT RESULTS.
It’s an actual cocktail, named for the New York speakeasy (The Aquarium) in which it was invented during the Prohibition era. It’s supposed to have gin, vermouth, and a new-to-us liqueur: Danziger Goldwasser.
The thing is, neither of us could find Danziger Goldwasser. So we googled what the flavors of Danziger Goldwasser were, and found this: “…pronounced flavors of anise (almost like drinking an anise candy), black licorice, citrus and cinnamon.”
So we each did a little something different with this one. We both had gin, we both had vermouth, and we both substituted Goldschlager and some other things for the Danziger Goldwasser. Heather really kicked hers up a notch, adding lavender, cardamom, celery salt, and fresh lemon juice. Elizabeth didn’t get nearly as creative with her aromatics — she mainly added bitters to try to increase the complexity.
OH and we almost forgot — at the very last minute Elizabeth suggested throwing in some orange juice because of the Tangelo that Chandler tosses to Eddie that ends up thunking off of his chest.
So here’s the kinda-sorta recipe for the Tangelo Goldfish cocktail — we figure it’s the goldfish cracker version of something you’d find in a fish tank.
2 ounces gin
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce Goldschlager
Aromatics of your choice (lavender, cardamom, celery salt, clove, anise, etc.)
Dash of bitters (optional)
Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Goldfish crackers optional.