The hemlock plant, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the hemlock tree, is a highly toxic herb which is notoriously associated with the death of Socrates. Far ahead of his time, the father of Western Philosophy was convicted and sentenced to death for “corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens.” He died by drinking a potion made of hemlock.
Hemlock is native to Europe and parts of North Africa, but has now spread to Australia where it is known as “Carrot Fern.” In Ireland, it is referred to as “The Devil’s Porridge.” If you are tempted to sample some – don’t.
Luckily, the Hemlock Drink we’re about to show you won’t kill you but, like its namesake, may leave you feeling pleasantly numb.
This drink isn’t particularly well known, but it’s a tasty variation of the popular Melon Ball, being Rum rather than Vodka based. Other versions include Jagermeister and Tequila, but these don’t give you the green colour that mimics a genuine brew of hemlock leaves.
Here’s what you need:
- 30 ml Melon Liqueur
- 30 ml White Rum
- 90ml Orange juice
- 60ml Lemon-lime soda
- Sprig of Rosemary to garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the Melon Liqueur, White Rum and orange juice.
- Shake Vigorously.
- Put two ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass.
- Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into your glass.
- Top up with lemon-lime soda.
- Garnish with a sprig of Rosemary (leave out the hemlock).
- Old-fashioned glass
- Cocktail shaker