Following the suggestion of one of my great helpers, I made up this recipe for a “red rot cocktail”–the kind you would drink that is, and not to be confused with the Klucel/SC6000/ethanol mix for treating powdery leather!

Red Rot Cocktail 2:

1.5 oz. vodka

3 oz. pomegranate juice or pomegranate-cherry blend

a dash of powdered cayenne pepper

the juice of 1/2 lime

Pour into a cocktail shaker over ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Add a sprig of fresh mint for garnish (optional).


Then I thought I’d better check to make sure there isn’t already something like this out there, and sure enough when you Google “red rot cocktail” this link comes up: Red Rot Cocktail . Their version sounds really good as well! Don’t know how or why they chose to name it as such though. 

Let there be multiple variations, since anything goes… But it should have something remotely to do with powder (e.g. cayenne) and be red in color to adhere to the theme.

Sounds light and refreshing with a kick, nice for a festive Sunday afternoon party. If anyone tries this, let me know how you liked it. I haven’t actually had it myself (yet!) so the proportions in my recipe could be slightly off and may need some fine tuning. Or better yet, come up with your own suggestions for red rot cocktail!

Next time, back on track to more serious matters.


Filed under Leather conservation

3 responses to “Diversions

  1. Kate Powell

    had to laugh at your red rot cocktail; we just finished a project with red rot and i was looking for the name of the old product pliantex, and came across the recipe — very funny.
    kate powell from mpf conservation in portland

  2. You should try it! I haven’t made this exact recipe, but sometimes cayenne pepper makes all the other flavors that much better

  3. Xibee

    I’m guessing they were thinking along the old term “rotgut”, but hm…. Is the elderflower red?

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