The Space Harpoon – Philae Lands on a Comet

While we haven’t heard from the probe for some time, it’s still an important thing that we put a probe on a comet! Little old Philae, who is incommunicado at the moment, launched off of Rosetta and landed on a comet on the 12th, though it had some trouble. Because the main way it was supposed to attach was by using harpoons. HARPOONS!

Hence, this drink, which is based on a random recipe I found for grog, which they would have drank on whaling trips back in the day. Maybe. I have no idea. Note: I’m trying to do one every day this week, so this is the first of a bunch! Enjoy.


The Space Harpoon

  • 1.5 oz rum (you probably want to use dark rum, but I was out)
  • 3 oz water plus more for boiling raisins (see below)
  • about two tablespoons of raisins
  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar
  • juice of one half lime (my limes are a bit small, so it might be a little less than that

This one uses a made up technique I call “boiling raisins.” Put the raisins in a small saucepan and cover them with water, barely. Then boil them for a while until the water looks kinda brownish. Let it cool, and pour it into the bottom of a glass (there should be around 1 tablespoon left, at least there was for me). Put the rest of the ingredients in (along with most or all of the raisins), stir, and enjoy! You can garnish with a lime slice if you like.

Comet 1

Tasting Notes:

BN: I liked this, mostly. It was a little watered down, which is fair because it had plain water in it, but it was easy to drink and had enough flavor to make it work. There was a bitter aftertaste that showed up partway through drinking it, but then it went away. Not sure what that was? In any case, the raisin and lime and sugar all worked really well together. I bet it would be even better with dark rum.

PiC: Although I was warned that this was odd before tasting it, I actually really liked it – it combined sour and sweet, which as a diehard Sour Patch Kids addict I am a steadfast fan of (though note that this does NOT taste like Sour Patch Kids). The raisins were kind of gross looking, but the taste was yummy.


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