Tuesday, September 2, 2008

From Script to Cocktail

Every five weeks or so, my 3 fellow Intiman Theatre bartenders and our beloved supervisor set about concocting cocktails to tie-in thematically with whatever play is happening next. It's both a time to cull dramatic themes and important sound bites from scripts, and to think about what liquors we want to get rid of because no one ever buys them (Drambuie anyone?)

So in honor of tonight's Act One efforts at creating a red/white/blue layered drink and the unfotunately awful tasting "Dirty Politician" martini for the upcoming "All the Kings Men," here's the Show Specialty Drinks from the last two seasons. We were proud of many of these, and just plain stumped for some of them. **-indicate where I either came up with the name, the recipe, or both.
In backwards chronological order:

The Little Dog Laughed
"The Golden Boy"**
Brandy
Coconut Rum
Triple Sec
Orange Juice
Shaken and served on the rocks with a sugared lemon wedge

"The Little Pink Lie"
Rasberry Vodka
Triple Sec
Shaken and served up with a splash of Sprite and a maraschino cherry
--tag line we wanted to use since the drink is clear but tastes very fruity- "Looks clear, tastes Queer" I think Doug Carter Beane could appreciate that.

A Streetcar Named Desire
"the Stella!"**
Bourbon
Couintreau
bitters
soda
served on the rocks with a lemon

"the Kindness of Strangers"
Southern Comfort
Chambord
Sour mix
served up with a lime
(Ian, correct me if I'm wrong on this one)

Namaste Man
"The Kathmandu"**
Gin
Amaretto
Peach Schnapps
bitters
Orange Juice
shaken and served on the rocks with a lemon

"The Big Apple"
Vodka
Bourbon
Pucker
Cranberry Juice
served up with a lime

The Diary of Anne Frank
For obvious reasons, we opted to do "spring" themed drinks instead of "the Daiquiri of Anne Frank" as some suggested...
"Sky King"
Tequila
Blue Curacao
Grapefruit Juice
served up with a twist

"Emerald City"
Rum
Midori
Pineapple Juice
Shaken and served on the rocks with a cherry

To Kill a Mockingbird
"Lemon Blossom"
Gin
Triple Sec
Muddled Lemon
confectioner's sugar
bitters
Served up with a lemon

"Tequila Mockingbird"
Tequila
Chambord
Cranberry Juice
Muddled Lime
served on the rocks with a lime

A Prayer For My Enemy
"The Truth"
Vodka
Chambord
soda
served on the rocks with a lime



"The Consequences"
Bourbon
Coinreau
Cranberry Juice
Muddled Lemon
served up with a lemon

Uncle Vanya
"The Forrest"**
Creme de Menthe
Creme de Cacao
creme
shaken and served on the rocks

"The Vanya"
Russian Vodka
Black rasberry liqueur
muddled lime
served up with a lime

The Skin of Our Teeth

"The Muse"
Bourbon
Grand Marnier
Sour Mix
muddled lemon
shaken over ice, topped with Ginger Ale, served with a lemon

"The Flood"
Gin
Blue Curacao
Peach Schnapps
muddled lemon
served up with a twist

And every year for Black Nativity at Christmas, we do the same three things. Egg Nog with brandy, Hot Chocolate with Baileys, and "The Poinsettia" which is some awful combo of cranberry juice, grenadine, and some liquor I can't remember, served up with a sugared rim.



If you want to find out what we choose for All the King's Men, you'll have to stop by. We're just dying to get rid of some Campari!

4 comments:

Ian K. said...

This post makes me really happy.

"The Kindness of Strangers" did not include cranberry juice. We included a heavy splash of Sweet & Sour mix. It had similar notes to that of cough syrup. Though, plenty of people enjoyed it.

Oooh, yeah. "The Forest" didn't fare too well did it...

I think we did really well on Skin of Our Teeth. Some great drinks. I wish I could go to any bar and order the modified "Muse" in the form of "The Grand Theft."

I really did like the name, "The Annex."

Ian K. said...

Oh, and there has got to be a way we can modify "The Poinsettia" to make it more palatable.

Kj said...

thanks Ian- i'll fix the "Kindness"
and I feel like I made up for "the forrest" with the Kathmandu AND the Golden Boy. why do i have such a good sense for what to mix into orange juice? i hate orange juice.

Keepitmoving said...

I'm honored to have been part of the Kathmandu & Big Apple tasting committee of May 2008.

Was it called a big apple when I tried it though?????