The Perfect Cocktail for a Pathfinder Private Eye
I created my first version of the Araklast Investigations cocktail last year as part of a series of cocktails I crafted to represent each of the player characters in my ongoing Rise of the Runelords Pathfinder campaign. This is the cocktail inspired by my own PC, a psychic detective investigator named Danielle Araklast. Dani is the daughter of a spice merchant who runs her own private investigation service, Araklast Investigations, in her home city of Magnimar. Unfortunately, as part of the events surrounding her latest investigation into a series of apparently ritualized murders, Dani's small one-bedroom apartment/office was burned to the ground.
The Araklast Investigations cocktail draws on the spice of the Araklast family's merchant trade, the coffee and whiskey that are staples for long stake-outs and hours piecing together clues, and the smoke that is all that remains of the physical location of its namesake.
From cold brew to coffee liqueur
My initial version of this drink combined cold brew coffee with bourbon, orange bitters, and clove smoke, served with a flamed orange peel for garnish. I have variously tried smoking the glass versus letting smoke imbue into the drink in a bottle, but noticed minimal difference in taste between the two. The biggest difference in flavor came from my most recent change, inspired by the new availability of Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur in my area. I've been wanting to play around with a bottle of this coffee liqueur ever since I first started hearing about it as a lovely liqueur with a bold coffee flavor and none of the sticky sweetness of a coffee liqueur of the style of Kahlua. Although I have enjoyed every variation of the Araklast Investigations which I've made, the blend of Mr Black and Larceny bourbon I ended up using (recipe below) is my favorite; I enjoyed it enough to enter it into Week 3 of the Coffee Cocktail Challenge currently being held by Mr Black (and promoted by one of my favorite YouTube bartenders, Steve the Bartender).
You can find my entry in the competition (and vote for it through 12/5/20!) here.
How to make your own Araklast Investigations
To a stirring glass, add:
Prepare your glass:
Strain the chilled cocktail mixture into the clove-smoked glass, over a single large piece of ice.
Garnish with either a fresh orange peel or a dehydrated orange slice.
Elizabeth Wilcox. Writer, Avid Role-Player, Amateur Mixologist. Survivor.