JordanCon prides itself on offering an inclusive and welcoming environment, where people of all stripes can have a wonderful time with other like-minded individuals. And by like-minded, we mean “people who love good books.” We may look different, act different, believe different things, or come from all over the world, but at JordanCon we can both relish our similarities AND celebrate our differences.
So it’s just a wee bit embarrassing that we hadn’t already thought to create a drink to quench the thirst of our non-alcohol-imbibing friends, especially when one of those has been a frequent guest, a Guest of Honor and an ongoing supporter of JordanCon. But once we HAD realized our error, we immediately hurried to correct it. Chip put on his biggest thinking cap and came up with this lovely drink: The Cosmere. (And if you don’t understand that reference, you can catch up here.)
If we had to describe it in terms of a cocktail, the closest approximation is a non-alcoholic Cosmopolitan. But as usual Chip has put his own special swing on it. You will find its citrusy taste refreshingly complex and immersive, with secrets to be discovered in every sip – very much like Brandon Sanderson’s books. A drink you can enjoy while still keeping your wits about you, whether you’re powering through the next Stormlight Archive book or staying up all night to duel the Master himself at Magic: The Gathering. (And you WILL need your wits about you for that, trust us.)
Mix all of the ingredients listed below in a “mixing glass.”
- What is a Mixing Glass?
- Many cocktails require you to stir the ingredients together, rather than shaking. A clear glass mixing glass with straight sides, a heavy base, and a pour spout works far better (and looks nicer) for this purpose. In your average hotel room, a tall drinking glass or pint glass from the bar will do. Naturally, this recipe requires you to both stir AND shake the ingredients, which can be tricky if you don’t have the right tools. Chip keeps a clear plastic drinking tumbler — one with a lid that seals well — in his travel bag and it has come in handy numerous times.
- 1 jigger of fresh-squeezed lime juice (2 oz.)
A jigger is a small liquid measuring cup used to measure ingredients for both shaken and stirred cocktails. Because cocktail recipes call for quantities of two ounces or less, a full-size measuring cup won’t do (and a shot glass isn’t accurate enough).
- A double shot of water (about 3 oz.)
- A squeeze of orange-tangerine vitamin water enhancer (about 1/2 oz.)
These are concentrated, citrus-flavored vitamin additives you can add to your drinking water. You can find both liquid and powder forms in your local grocery, but Chip uses Kroger’s liquid version which comes in a small 2.4 oz bottle and can be found in their vitamin water aisle.
- A splash of cranberry juice for color
- Ice, crushed, cubed or in Shards (see what we did there?)
- A fresh orange peel
After you’ve added all of the liquid ingredients above to your mixing glass, finishing with the cranberry juice, fill the remainder of your mixing glass with ice. Cover the mixing glass tightly with your shaker lid (or some other sealable lid), shake vigorously for a few seconds and pour into your drinking glass. Flame zest a bit of orange peel (instructions can be found here in the “Bonus Round” section of the Blood and Bloody Ashes recipe) and garnish the drink with it. Serve, sit back, and enjoy. Bridge Four approved.