Smaug Bastard

This next cocktail was inspired by The Hobbit movie. @cocktail.alchemists are having a competition based on The Lord Of The Rings franchise. I thought I’d put this drink as my submission for it. I personally liked the main antagonist, Smaug, the greedy dragon.
Since Benedict Cumberbatch voiced Smaug in the live-action movie, I decided to use gin as my liquor base, and made a cucumber hibiscus syrup. I used lemon juice and @campariusa for some added citrus, and a hot pepper shrub for complexity and heat. Enjoy!
“My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”


  • 2oz gin @waterloogintx
  • 1oz freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1oz scratch made English cucumber & hibiscus syrup
  • .5oz @campariofficial
  • .13oz hot pepper shrub @marleecomarket
  • Garnished with powdered hibiscus
  • Served in a Collins glass that has “dragon scales”

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