(Cocktails inspired by the movies, Oscar nominees and winners.)
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, 1972
Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee
Nominated (1972) for: Best Picture, Best Director (Stanley Kubrik), Best Writing, Screenplay (Stanley Kubrik), and Best Film Editing (Bill Butler).
Just before the Oscars every year I try to come up with a new movie themed drink. I rarely relate them to the current Oscar contenders, preferring to stick with movie classics, mostly because the puns have better possibilities and I am a huge old movie cinemaphile.
This year my punny play is on the cult SciFi movie classic A Clockwork Orange. Despite most people thinking the story was written by Stanley Kubrik, the movie is based on the 1962 futuristic, morality novel by Anthony Burgess. Like the book, Kubrick's vision is a dark, disturbing story of aimless youth gone terribly wrong in a weary socialist state, but it is a cinematically beautiful one that I admire for the visuals while cringing at the violence. I have to be in just the right head space to watch this film but the title is just too good not to booze pun.
This cocktail movie pun is a loosely based adaptation of a Bourbon Crusta which is a bourbon version of a Brandy Crusta, a mid 1899's cocktail invented in New Orleans by a gentleman named Joseph Santini. The only relationship to the movie is the addition of the blood orange and the possibility of ending up talking like Alex if you have too many.
"Well, well, well! Well if it isn't fat stinking billy goat Billy Boy in poison! How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap stinking chip oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if ya have any yarble, ya eunuch jelly thou!"
Pare the full peel off the blood orange, set aside then squeeze the juice from the fruit.
Prep glass by moistening the rim with juice and dipping it in sugar.
Add the large ice cubes to your glass, fit the peel around the inside of the glass, lifting it slightly outside the glass.
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, strain into the ice filled glass, garnish and serve.
“The attempt to impose upon man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness, to ooze juicily at the last round the bearded lips of God, to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my sword-pen.”
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess, (Part 1, Chapter 2)
Since we are smack dab in the middle of Girl Scout Cookie Season, it's probably a good time to share some cocktails I have that are basically drinkable Girl Scout Cookies. If you think the cookie flavors are delicious, just wait until you add some booze.
National Girl Scout Cookie Day is February 8th, Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is typically held the last weekend in February and National Girl Scout Day is March 12th, the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop meeting.
*DYK? The very first published recipe for S'mores (“some mores") appeared in a 1927 publication called "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts".