Kraken bulletin: I am still working this drink. I have tried three variations thus far:
Vodka, vermouth, lemon juice, lemon twist, oyster: drinkable, but the lemon diffused into the vodka and was too sweet. The oyster liquor diffusing into the vodka was, to my surprise, quite divine.
Vodka, vermouth, lemon twist, several drops of aged Tabasco sauce: Quite good, but not ideal. The Tabasco diffused into the vodka, overwhelming the delicate oyster liquor. The lemon twist was about right.
Vodka, vermouth, dash of worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tsp. horseradish: Similar to the Tabsaco Kraken. The horseradish floated up and throughout the vodka but was so diffuse that a mildly sweet radish flavor was the outcome, and again, that overwhelmed the oyster liquor.
I think what I’m seeing here is a need to increase the vinegary / savory side of the drink’s flavors without killing the clarity of the oyster’s flavor. Is there an Absolut Rice Vinegar? Stoly Wooster?
Hm, Stoly Wooster. It does seem that the People’s Vodka would provide a celebratory preparation in honor of that favorite son of Worcestershire.