A TNT cocktail not only has a great name, but has a fantastic taste and appearance. The simple combination of the anise flavor of the Pernod (which is a French pastis, licorice-flavored cousin of absinthe) and the potent, strong taste of the rye whiskey combine in a way that can provide a pleasant lift at best and be overwhelming and overpowering at worst. Speaking strictly from my own experience, a TNT cocktail is one of the best drinks I have ever had. It only took one for me to feel the effects, even though I usually have quite a high tolerance, so proceed with caution and don’t overdo it with this one and do not mix your liquors with it. The last thing you want to do is precede a TNT with tequila or follow up with a Foster’s. Drink a TNT cocktail on its own, as your only drink as an after-work relaxer or as an end-of-. the-evening treat.
I do not recommend straying from this recipe with any variations. The flavors are so unique and strong that it can be very difficult to add your own twist to a TNT cocktail without it either tasting terrible, mixing incorrectly, or both. It will be in your best interest to follow the recipe exactly and not attempt to mess around with it. The only variation I can personally recommend is a twist of lemon, cut over the drink to release its essence into the drink and provide a nice little bit of decoration.
TNT COCKTAIL RECIPE (SERVES ONE)
4 to 6 ice cubes, cracked
1 measure Pernod
1 measure rye whiskey
In a mixing glass, place the cracked ice cubes. Pour the Pernod and rye whiskey into the mixing glass and stir well to mix. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.