While Tomorrow night (and a replay of the party on Sunday Night) is our Krampus Nacht cocktail party, tonight is historically the night of Saint Nicholas. We Americans would more closely connect this night with our Christmas eve. Only the Christ-child brings you presents on Christmas day in Germany (or so my feeble research shows). Santa (St. Nicholas) comes on the night of December 5th to fill good children’s shoes with nuts, candies, fruits – perhaps a toy.
He also, as you know now, drags along with him the Krampus for the bad little girls and boys. I hope that the Krampus doesn’t come to bring me any lumps of coal or beat me for lagging behind on the cocktail posts, so below this next card in the series, I’ll hop-to-it.
Wer grausam im Leben Herzen bricht,
Nur Böses tat, der wundere sich nicht
wenn solches ihm zuletzt nicht frommt,
und er in Teufels Küche kommt.
Those who cruelly break hearts in life
Through evil deeds should not be surprised
When in the end it becomes no use
and they come to Satan’s Kitchen.
Now – if you drink too many of these below, you might find yourself feeling as if you’re in Satan’s Kitchen.
2 oz goslings 151
1 oz Opal Nera
½ oz Herbsaint or absinthe
½ oz pineapple juice
½ oz Falernum
¼-½ oz simple syrup to taste
dash bitters (Fees old fashioned)
Shake all vigourously with cracked ice and pour into a chimney glass. Swizzle with a swizzle stick until the glass frosts. Garnish with a licorice whip.
Gruß vom Krampus!
- Switchel, Switch – get it? [↩]