As JFL puts it:
Lets face it the holidays suck, yeah I said it. You put yourself in debt buying crap people will have forgotten about in a month. You drive around like a jackass to see people you don’t even like, or worse they freeload in your house. Your subjected to annoying music, and utterly fake, forced kindness and joy. Plus if you work retail your pretty much in hell, so don’t we all deserve a good stiff drink? So for this Mixology Monday unleash your inner Grinch. Mix drinks in the spirit of Anti-Christmas. They can be really bitter and amaro filled. They filled with enough booze to make you pass out in a tinsel covered Scrooge heap. They could be a traditional holiday drink turned on it’s ear. Or they could be a tribute to your favorite holiday villain. If you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa then you still suffer through the holidays, so feel free to join in with your Anti-Holiday drink as well. Whatever it is add a hearty “Humbug!” and make your drink personify everything annoying or fake about the holidays.
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Humbug, eh? I started thinking about the humbug candy. Although Wikipedia paints it as a peppermint candy there's usually a little more going on. Sometimes it's malty. Sometimes more like molasses or caramel. How to translate this into a cocktail? I wasn't sure.
I did consider garnishing a drink with a humbug but I didn't feel like drilling a hole in a candy. The idea of a drink named after Oliver Cromwell did creep in to my mind. After a little research I discovered he wasn't the "humbug" I had thought. It was the rump parliament that "banned" Christmas and not The Lord Protector himself. Oh well.
Mint and earthy sweetness, eh? After some tinkering I came up with this:
Candy Cane In The Dirt
10ml Rhum Barbancourt 3 Star
15ml Fernet Branca
50ml Aalborg Jubilæums Akvavit
1 dash Lea & Perrins Worchestershire Sauce
Stir over ice in a mixing glass. Strain in to a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry, an onion, and a green cherry.