Fangorn Forest

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Cocktail History

The Fangorn Forest is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that we created as part of a series of The Lord of the Rings recipes made in honor of the release of The Rings of Power, a show that serves as a prequel to the original movie trilogy. The drink was inspired by Treebeard, an Ent who was the oldest of the tree-like characters and a “shepherd of trees” from the movies. As a nod to Treebeard’s eccentricity both in origin and dialogue, we went with herbal gin and sherry as the base and paired them with black tea, a unique mushroom honey syrup, citrus, and bitters to create a refreshing cooler that we think represents the ancient peoples of the forest very well.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is one of the base spirits. We used Park Distillery Alpine Dry Gin because it’s distilled from glacier freshwater and spruce tips from a national park in Canada, which we felt went with the theme of the drink. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin.

Amontillado Sherry: This is the other base spirit. It’s a medium-dry fortified wine made from palomino grape must.

Lapsang Souchong Tea: This is a black tea that is smoke-dried over pinewood fire. We used Twinings Lapsang Souchong Black Tea.

Mushroom Honey Syrup: This is a sweetener made with baby portobello mushrooms, honey, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Lemon Juice: This adds sweet and sour citrus flavor. We prefer to use fresh lime juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Spruce & Birch Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with spruce, birch, and other botanicals. We used Crude Bitters Apothecary Spruce & Birch Bitters because they have potent flavors.

Rhubarb Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with rhubarb and botanicals. We used Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters.

Baby Portobello Mushrooms: These are the garnish. They add more mushroom aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Fangorn Forest starts with earthy aromas of mushroom and tobacco and has a refreshing yet slightly tart taste that features a mashup of earthy tea, gin botanicals, and honey sweetness combined with savory mushroom and sherry. It then finishes with a lemon-tinged taste of tea and mushroom.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Despite its disparate and admittedly odd ingredients, this drink is balanced with a light body and a natural taste. We both really liked how the Fangorn Forest turned out, with Kendall mentioning it’s her favorite of the Lord of the Rings cocktails we created this year.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This drink was built upon the theory of earthiness, with sherry and mushroom being two of the main components I wanted to play with. The mushroom honey syrup ended up being really interesting because it had the honey’s sweetness and flavor but with a unique earthy mushroom aroma and aftertaste; that, combined with the tobacco-like tea and a few dashes of flavored bitters, made a drink that came together fantastically well despite having some strange and weird-tasting ingredients. It’s extremely refreshing and quite tasty, as long as you don’t mind a bit of umami savoriness.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Out of our cocktails inspired by The Lord of the Rings characters, this was definitely my favorite. It has such a unique blend of ingredients that’s not immediately clear what to expect for the drink’s flavor, but I found it to be a tasty mashup of earthy and herbal tastes, with mushroom shining the most brightly. The sherry also peeks through a bit but not so much to turn me off since I don’t usually go for the stuff. If you’re looking for a drink with just the right umami flavor, this is a winner whether you understand the character reference or not.”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ½ oz Amontillado Sherry
 2 oz Chilled Lapsang Souchong Tea
 ¼ oz Lemon Juice
 2 dashes Spruce & Birch Bitters
 1 dash Rhubarb Bitters
 4 Slices Baby Portobello Mushrooms

Method
1

Add gin, sherry, tea, mushroom honey syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass over fresh cracked ice.

4

Garnish with baby portobello mushroom slices.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ½ oz Amontillado Sherry
 2 oz Chilled Lapsang Souchong Tea
 ¼ oz Lemon Juice
 2 dashes Spruce & Birch Bitters
 1 dash Rhubarb Bitters
 4 Slices Baby Portobello Mushrooms

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, sherry, tea, mushroom honey syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball glass over fresh cracked ice.

4

Garnish with baby portobello mushroom slices.

Fangorn Forest

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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