I fell in love with space as a kid. Star Trek. Star Wars. Cosmos. I went to college dreaming of becoming an aerospace engineer, but that lasted a little over one semester after spending one too many Saturday nights programming my HP calculator instead of partying. I still enjoy reading sci-fi and fantasy, so in honor of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Conference this weekend in Pittsburgh, I’m paying homage to my love of space. And dogs. Which oddly enough haven’t mixed much in sci-fi literature.
Luckily, I know one writer in Pittsburgh who is mixing her sci-fi writing with dogs and humor. I’ve had the pleasure of reading Catherine Vignolini‘s novel which features a lovable German shepherd Otto. I won’t go into any of the details about dogs and space because Vignolini has got that one covered in her blog (read it — it’s fascinating!). But I created the Space Dog drink in recognition of all the high flying dogs, real and fictional.
I started with the Space cocktail which combined gin, Frangelico and lemon juice. Space is weird, and that combination of booze struck me as weird too. So I dialed down the hazelnut and amped up the gin and then turned to the variations of the “dog” drinks — for example, the gray hound and the chihuahua (grapefruit juice and vodka or tequila, respectively). The mashup resulted in the surprisingly palatable Space Dog, shown in my feature image with my own pup, Nelson (named after a famous naval admiral, not any space explorer):
2 ounces gin
1 ounce Frangelico liqueur (hazelnut liqueur)
1 ounce grapefruit juice
Shake with ice and strain into a class with ice. Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
Cheers! And, woof!