Now this is going to sound a little silly, so don't judge me too quickly!
I have a bit of a thing for cocktail names - not the gross sexual innuendo type, but the clever cultural-reference type. And today I spotted a recipe for a 'Bonita Applebum' and immediately thought "now i MUST create a cocktail named after a classic hip-hop track." So you can see where this is going, the name came before the actual drink... Settled on 'Gangster's Paradise' and then agonized for a long time over what it would constitute. I don't have a home bar to test it out with (student budget!!) so at the moment it's entirely theoretical, and I'd love to know what you think of the idea (especially whether you think it would be awful!)
So without further ado:
1.5 oz Cognac/Armagnac
0.5 oz Cointreau
0.25 oz lemon juice (fresh)
0.5 oz pineapple juice (as in, the actual 100% juice)
0.5 oz ginger syrup
Shake over ice, serve down, garnish with a large thin slice of fresh ginger
Yes, I know it's a Sidecar with extra stuff added.
The reasoning behind the major ingredients was (a) Rappers are always dropping references to sipping yak i.e. Cognac/Armagnac; (b) the pineapple and ginger are for the 'Paradise' part of the name (tropical connotations). I'd love to use ginger liqueur instead of syrup but the cheapest one I can find in Australia is $65 AUD for a 700ml bottle!!! (Gave up on the metric-to-imperial conversions) - so not really practical.
Anyway - any opinions? Suggested proportion/ingredient changes?