the Lidocaine

May 14, 2013
2 Ratings
  • Makes 2
Author Notes

During an incredibly vivid dream one night, I concocted a cocktail of coconut milk infused with hot pepper and mixed with vodka; it was called the Lidocaine. Recently, having opened some coconut milk to make peanut sauce, I decided to make the dream, and did by steeping the coconut milk with minced ginger and habanero, a good dash of cinnamon and 2 demerara sugar cubes. Strain and then chill that, shake hard with vodka and ice, strain and top with a splash of Cognac and a strip of orange zest.
Nice! —em-i-lis

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup coconut milk (full-fat), if the solids have separated out, use a blender to emulsify everything again so you have a nice, thick consistency
  • 1/4 teaspoon (a generous 1/4) peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon (a generous 1/4) seeded and chopped habañero
  • Dash (a generous one) cinnamon
  • 2 demerara sugar cubes
  • 2 ounces vodka (I used Tito's)
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoons Cognac
  • 2 half-inch strips orange zest
  1. In a small saucepan (1 qt works well) set over medium heat, place the coconut milk, ginger, habañero, cinnamon and sugar cubes. Heat until the milk starts to bubble around the edges, the sugar cubes have dissolved, and the milk is warm throughout, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for another 10 minutes.
  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass vessel and chill for 15 or 20 minutes (or until you want to use it).
  3. When ready to make your cocktails, pour the chilled coconut milk into a strainer, add the 2 ounces vodka and 5-6 ice cubes. Put the top on and shake, HARD, several times. Strain into two coupes, splash ¼ (or up to 1/2 depending on your preference) teaspoon of Cognac into each and then garnish with the orange zest.
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10 Reviews

boulangere May 15, 2013
Some of my most interesting food ideas have come to me in dreams; if I thought I could dream up something like this, I'd sleep the clock around!
em-i-lis May 15, 2013
hah!! lucky you that this happens often. :)
Bevi May 15, 2013
If I make this drink, I will be dreaming! It sounds wonderful, and I have coconut milk waiting!
em-i-lis May 15, 2013
Thanks, B!! I hope you enjoy it! ;)
lapadia May 15, 2013
OMG, I love this drink and that it was inspired in your dream!
em-i-lis May 15, 2013
Thank you so much, L! I'm not sure I've made something via dream before. ;)
aargersi May 14, 2013
What a great dream! What a great afternoon poolside beverage!
em-i-lis May 14, 2013
Thanks, Abbie! It was a fun, albeit strangely specific, dream!
Kukla May 14, 2013
We’ll not consult a doctor; we’ll make it and drink it, because it looks and sounds very, very good Emily!
em-i-lis May 14, 2013
:) Thank you, Kukla! Isn't it bizarre that I dreamt this?? :) Congrats on your shalotta recipe being a finalist!!