The Expanse Cocktails Project

Expanse Cocktail #39
The Investigator

It reaches out 113 times a second, but nothing answers. So it builds the Investigator and the Investigator looks, but he does not find, so it kills the Investigator. It reaches out.

We’re particularly proud of the fact that the Josephus Miller and the Investigator are the exact same drink, just with the base liquor swapped out - and that the swap works from a brown, solid-seeming liquor to a clear, ethereal one.

The Investigator will work better if you make it with a New World gin, such as Ethereal, New York’s Half Moon, or San Francisco’s Bummer & Lazarus, rather than a standard London dry gin.

Bonus: Take The Investigator into a dark room with a UV light. It’ll glow Protomolecule blue!


  • 3 parts New World Gin
  • 1 part Searching Syrup


Searching Syrup: Mix 2 parts pisco, 1 part pear brandy, 1 part tonic syrup.

Cocktail: Stir gin & syrup with ice in a mixing glass until cold; strain into a chillled rocks glass with 1 large cube. No garnish.

Stir all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass, then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. No garnish.