Pan Galactic Gargle Buster
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Pan Galactic Gargle Buster
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.5 / 5
The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster was invented by Zaphod Beeblebrox, a major character in Douglas Adams' novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The effect of a Pan Galactic Gargle ... more The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster was invented by Zaphod Beeblebrox, a major character in Douglas Adams' novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The effect of a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is described as "like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick." It has also been described in the novel as "the alcoholic equivalent to a mugging; expensive and bad for the head." Its original, fictional recipe, is as follows:

"Take the juice from one bottle of that Ol' Janx Spirit. Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V (Oh, that Santragian seawater! Oh, those Santragian fish!) Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzine is lost). Allow four litres of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it, in honor of all those happy hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia. Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qalactin Hypermint extract, redolent of all the heavy odors of the dark Qalactin Zones, subtle, sweet, and mystic. Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger. Watch it dissolve, spreading the fires of the Algolian Suns deep into the heart of the drink. Sprinkle Zamphuor. Add an olive. Drink...but...very carefully..." Or – there is an alternative recipe for us mere humans.
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13.5% | 4.05 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Pan Galactic Gargle Buster is an explosive mix of strong spirits and mint, with an added jolt of lime and lemonade for a refreshing yet potent experience. This cocktail is a roller coaster of flavors best suited for adventurous palates looking for something out of the ordinary.

Method
How to make a Pan Galactic Gargle Buster

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Combine the vodka, Pernod, lime juice, Southern Comfort and crème de menthe in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake well
Strain into a tall glass with ice, before topping up with lemonade, and serving

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How should the Pan Galactic Gargle Buster be mixed to ensure the best flavor?

The Pan Galactic Gargle Buster should be prepared by first adding vodka, aniseed liqueur, whiskey, and creme de menthe into a shaker with ice. Shake well until cold, then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Add a dash of lime juice and top up with lemonade for a refreshing finish. Despite the instruction 'not stirred,' the initial shake ensures all ingredients are well-chilled and mixed.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the aniseed liqueur in the Pan Galactic Gargle Buster with something else?

Yes, if you do not have aniseed liqueur, you can substitute it with sambuca or absinthe for a similar anise-flavored profile. Keep in mind that absinthe is stronger in both flavor and alcohol content, so you may want to use it sparingly compared to the original liqueur quantity.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the Pan Galactic Gargle Buster?

The Pan Galactic Gargle Buster is best served cold in a highball glass. You can garnish it with a slice of lime or lemon on the rim of the glass for an added citrus appeal, enhancing both the drink's presentation and its slightly tart flavor profile. Serve immediately after mixing to enjoy its refreshing qualities.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in the Pan Galactic Gargle Buster compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 13.5%, the Pan Galactic Gargle Buster sits in the mid-range compared to other cocktails. For reference, light cocktails might have an alcohol content as low as 5-8%, whereas stronger cocktails can exceed 20%. This makes the Pan Galactic Gargle Buster a moderately strong choice, suitable for those looking for a noticeable, but not overwhelming, alcohol presence.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I customize the Pan Galactic Gargle Buster to suit my taste better?

To customize the Pan Galactic Gargle Buster, consider adjusting the ratios of the main spirits based on your preference for sweetness or strength. For a sweeter drink, you might increase the creme de menthe or lemonade. For a stronger bite, up the vodka or whiskey content. Adding fresh mint leaves or a splash of soda water can also introduce new flavor profiles and textures.

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