Spirits spilled into the night

Posted by TraderTiki on October 31st, 2007 — Posted in Concoctioneering, Gin, rye

The end of another October, and with a tongue singed by candy, my palate awaits something other than Tootsie Rolls. In co-ordination and collaboration with my dear friend Craig, we have put together a number of drinks representing a selection of the Universal Movie Monsters to celebrate these horrifying haunts of the silver screen, and to appreciate the more adult side of All Hallow’s Eve.

These classics of cinema were enjoyed during the most frightening period of all, Prohibition, and lasted through the late 1950s. They were genre defining movies, which entranced and entertained audiences. I’d love to elaborate further, but it’s another friend, Noel, who inspired the idea. I may have to have him elaborate on the subject. I just know booze.

The Mummy, released 1932 and staring Boris Karloff as the titular character. To celebrate this film, a presentation of honey and aromatic perfumes from exotic regions used in preparing the body. Around the body, the sands of time dry and wither the senses, while preserving as well. In the end, there is a dreadful curse, as punishment for disturbing the slumber of the dead.

The Mummy

The Mummy

  • 2 oz Rye (Wild Turkey 101 proof)
  • 1/2 oz Honey Mix
  • 1/4 lemon juice
  • dash St. Germain
  • dash Blood Orange Bitters
  • dash Fees Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Rim with lemon juice and cinnamon.

This came out fantastic, with a nice alcoholic sweetness, with lots of aromatics. The juice was added last as it needed a bit of sharpness to really round it out. The cinnamon rim dries the mouth and adds a bit of spice. The bitters can be exchanged with another, or left out to taste.

The Invisible Man, starring Claude Raines, was released in 1933, as Prohibition in the United States was finally being kicked to the curb. In the film, the professor is driven mad after experimentation with a drug that made him invisible. Scarcely seen but for the glass containing it, this drink celebrates the madness that lies beneath the unseen.

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 2 oz Aquavit
  • 2 dashes Maraschino Liqueur

Stir with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

Completely clear, the drinker may see this as a glass of vodka, or water. The flavors contained within, however (not to mention the booze) prove that vision can’t always be trusted.

In The Creature from the Black Lagoon, release 1954, a bewitching maiden captivated the creature, driving him mad with fury at those who would take her away from him. This drink is a visual treat, and quite a pretty tasty one to boot. From this Black Lagoon, your own more beastly instincts may arise.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon

The Creature from the Black Lagoon, aka ‘The Black Lagoon’

  • 1.5 oz Hypnotiq
  • .5 oz Green Chartreuse
  • Juice of Half-lime
  • dash Pernod
  • float of Blavod (Black Vodka)

Shake all but Blavod with ice. Strain into cocktail glass, and float Blavod on top.

This came out far better than the concept was originally anticipated. The Black Lagoon, on the top, is a bit difficult and rank, using straight vodka as a float. But, once the surface is penetrated, the true beauty of the ingredients shine. I feel a bit strange using Hypnotiq as a main liqueur, but I must say, it’s some tasty stuff. Mixed with the lime and Chartreuse, this drink sings.

Don’t forget to catch Craig’s Hallowe’en movie monster drinks as well, featuring Dracula, The Wolfman, and The Phantom of the Opera.  All 6 of these in a night, and you’ll be seeing some monsters too.

Hope everyone out there in the cocktail world has a safe, sane, and slightly inebriated Halloween. I know I will. Martin Cate of Forbidden Island will be in town, and yes, much rum will be imbibed.

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Comment by Ouroboros

That Black Lagoon makes a gorgeous picture, and in a handsome glass. I’ll have to put Hypnotiq on my shopping list.

Posted on November 9, 2007 at 12:08 pm

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