The Majin Buu came out of repeated requests for a bitter, herbal, gin-based drink at the bar. Working off the Mai Tai template, I chose navy-strength Four Pillars gin for its bright citrus tones and proofiness, while the Amaro Meletti brings in some chocolate and cola notes. Donn’s Mix is simply grapefruit juice and cinnamon syrup, which brings some bittersweet notes that play nicely with the citrus and chocolate-cola profile. The drink’s name comes from the Dragon Ball manga series: Maijin Buu is a pink genie who transforms living things into chocolate, then eats them.
1 ounce Four Pillars navy-strength gin
1 ounce Amaro Meletti
1 ounce Donn's Mix #1 (recipe below)
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce Cane Sugar Syrup (recipe in Death & Co Welcome Home, page 282)
2 dashes Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
Garnish: 1 grapefruit wheel and 1 mint sprig
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker and whip, shaking with a few pieces of crushed ice, just until incorporated. Dump into a tulip glass and fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish with the grapefruit wheel and mint sprig and serve with a straw.
Donn’s Mix #1
400 grams strained grapefruit juice
200 grams Cinnamon Syrup (recipe in Death & Co Welcome Home, page 283)
Combine the juice and syrup and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.