I know it’s been awhile since my last post. What can I say, I’ve been busy! I’ve been performing in a 1920s-themed show called The Speakeasy, which has spurred some experimentation with prohibition-era cocktails. Look for a couple of posts on them at a later date. In the meantime, however, this is what’s been taking up most of my time. You will recall from my previous post about cocktails based on the characters of Pretty Little Liars that I’m a little obsessed with teen dramas. So are a bunch of my friends. Said friends are all highly educated and very articulate, which makes our conversations about TV shows more like intellectual, pop-culture philosophy debate than trashy indulgence. At least that’s what we tell ourselves.
In any case, for quite awhile we’ve been talking about doing a blog together that pits the various iconic teen drama TV shows against one another in a March Madness bracket style elimination challenge, and it has finally come to fruition. Vital questions shall be answered such as: Which petite blonde girl is more of a badass, Buffy or Veronica Mars? Who has the best use of the supernatural as a metaphor for teenaged angst, Smallville or Roswell? You know, the pressing topics of the day.
Since my thing is cocktails, I decided to to a tandem post for every matchup where I create a themed cocktail for each show in a given matchup and pit them against each other in a taste test. Our first matchup pitted southern, basketball-themed One Tree Hill against southwestern, alien-themed Roswell. You can read all about it here. Roswell won by a unanimous vote. Ironically, however, when it came to cocktails, the One Tree Hill was the unanimous favorite over the Roswell. Go figure. Here are the recipes I used:
1/2 oz Canton ginger liquer
1 oz green chartreuse
squeeze of lemon juice
ginger beer or ginger ale
Mix all the ingredients except the ginger beer in a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain over ice. Top off with ginger beer (or ale)
The verdict: I think I like this better than anyone, but then again I love green chartreuse which is too herbal/flowery tasting for many people’s tastes. Most of my taste-testers liked it, but said they wouldn’t be able to drink more than one in a night. More lemon and using gingerale instead of ginger beer (which I used) will give it a milder flavor. You can also omit the Midori for something less sweet, but it won’t have quite as green a color (necessary for alien-themed cocktails).
The One Tree Hill:
2 oz sweet tea vodka (Firefly is best, but Segram’s is a decent, cheaper alternative)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 oz Kern’s peach nectar (or muddled fresh peaches if you want to get fancy)
peach slice for garnish (optional)
Shake all ingredients in a shaker and pour over ice. Garnish with peach slice.
The verdict: This cocktail was the universal favorite and it isn’t hard to see why. It’s simple to make and refreshing. It’s like a peachy, alcoholic Arnold Palmer. Several of my tasters went in for a second round of these, and I will most certainly be making them again come stone fruit season.
So there you have it folks, good TV does not necessarily make for good cocktails and vice versa. Look for our second round matchup next week: Glee vs. Freaks and Geeks. You can bet that my Glee-themed cocktail will be sweet and fruity. Happy mixing!