A couple of nights ago I was looking through David Wondrich's Imbibe for something different when I noticed the Weeper's Joy. The name itself hooked me as I wondered about the contents of a drink that was capable of providing happiness to the grieving. Then there was this in the description: "...[the] Weeper's Joy, a drink that looks like a train wreck on the page but tastes like angel's tears." This then, was a drink that had to be made.
The Weeper's Joy is rich, slightly sweet and abundant with spices. Absinthe and kummel make for a bizarre but intriguing combination. The aroma of cumin and caraway in the kummel along with anise from the absinthe wafted above the glass while stirring. Those flavors were prominent in the sip as well but the curacao and vermouth were able to stretch them out while the sugar softened things up a bit. I actually had some simple made with gum arabic on hand which along with the kummel added to a silky smooth texture. The curacao contributed an orange flavor that unfolded nicely after the initial more intense wave of flavors subsided. The result was an unusual but delicious drink.
Weeper's Joy - William Schmidt, The Flowing Bowl, 1892 via Imbibe by David Wondrich
1 oz Absinthe
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Kummel
2 dashes Curacao
1/2 tsp Gum (sub simple syrup)
Stir, Strain, Up
Also - Thanks to Ron for letting me give his camera a spin. It is a vast improvement over mine for low light pictures.