I am straight up tired y’all. I mean I want to do this drink justice, I want to rail against the dying of the light, but it’s been a seriously long day and my bed is calling. So, let’s skip the foreplay and jump straight into this one. I’ll make it up to you later, promise. Join me now as we stand and make the Tuaca na Nog. 

I just made that name up. Right here on the spot, I mean sofa. This is a straightforward Tuaca Daiquiri, but with fairy dust added to give it an otherworldly feel. Big shout out to Sabrina for making this beauty possible. A few nights ago she asked me why I had not delved into edible glitter cocktails. I plead ignorance and want of said fairy dust and gave it not another thought. Imagine my surprise when two vials of fairy dust arrived at Stately Monkey Manor just days later. I did a bare minimum of research, didn’t like most of what I found, and went my own way, imagine that.

Grab your tins and pop in 1 ounce of light rum, I went with Cruzan; 3/4 of an ounce of Tuaca Liqueur, 3/4 of an ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice and 1/4 ounce of simple syrup. So far, so good, a fairly standard daq. Time for the magic. First off, you are going to have to believe in the power of fairies, that is key. Once you have your faith in place, if you have an awesome Sabrina in your life you will already have some Intense Pearl Luster Dust from Bakell. If you don’t, then you are going to have to acquire your own, I believe the internet can assist in this endeavor. Whether you come by your Intense Pearl Lustre Dust by the good graces of your fairy godSabrina or you have to resort to commerce and the sweat of your brow, you are now ready for the alchemy. Take a deep breath, clear your thoughts, respectfully bow to the Tuatha Dé Danann, hold your wish in your heart and cast a scant 1/8 of a teaspoon of the aforementioned luster dust upon the surface of the drink. Add ice and shake reverently to the beat of “Mo Ghile Mear“. Do not think about Outlander while you do this, that is Scottish and if you were to touch the wrong stone heaven knows what would happen. We’re working with Irish magic here, so show some respect. Never mind the Italian liqueur and Virgin Islands rum. Seriously, you are breaking the mood with your insistence on accuracy. Strain into a Nick & Nora and be amazed. The fairies have done their magic, this drink is beautiful. Garnish with a blood orange offering and serve. 

First off, this drink is stupid good. Secondly, it is absolutely beautiful to look at. Seriously, pearlescent glitter swirling, shapes forming and disappearing like the spirit of the drink dancing across your palate. I was really stunned just how little fairy dust it takes to make you believe. Honestly, pictures do not do this justice. It is a dance, the random choreography of Brownian motion captured in your glass for a moment. 

There you go, a Tuaca Daiquiri, but with magic. Big thanks to Sabrina for finding yet another way to keep things awesome. This first experiment was a success and I’ve got some real ideas on what to do next. You will see more magic coming soon. Till then, stay safe, stay hydrated and stay sane, my friends.