Friday, March 19, 2010

Doctor Who cocktails

So, I'm having party in a few weeks for the premier of the new season of Doctor Who. I'm well excited to see what new showrunner Stephen Moffat, who has written most of my favorite episodes, will bring to the series. (I've written previously on why I'm not sorry to see Russell T. Davies leave the show.) What I've seen and heard so far is promising: to my knowledge, there are no aliens that just look like humans with animal heads glued on. This is very encouraging!

In addition to Doctor Who, I also enjoy mixed drinks. Specifically, I like making mixed drinks. And I love devising new ones... So, here are a few Doctor Who-themed drinks I've come up with. I like fizzy drinks, so this is weighted in that direction.

If you try any of these, I'd love to hear how it went in the comments.

The Sonic Screwdriver
This is a simple on. And obvious, as it names both the world's most popular cocktail [citation needed] and one of the most iconic features of the show. The internet suggests that a Sonic Screwdriver is 2 parts blue Jones' Soda and 1 part vodka. However, isn't Jones blue soda bubblegum flavored? No thank you. Here's my version, which at least keeps the citrus theme of a true SD.
  • 4 ounces grapefruit soda (I use Fresca, but choose your poison)
  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • .5 ounce blue curacao
Pour into an ice-filled lowball glass, garnish with a blood orange wheel.

I hear the color of the sonic screwdriver effect in the new series will change from blue to green. If so, just substitute orange juice for the grapefruit soda, and you're done!

Captain Jack Harkness
This one is full of yum. Mmmmmm...
  • 1-1.5 ounces dark rum (NOT spiced rum)
  • 1 ounce whiskey (I used Crown Royal, but Jack Daniels is a more obvious choice)
  • 4 ounces ginger beer (or ginger ale, if you want something a little less spicy)
  • dash of lime juice (unsweetened. juice from 1 line wedge is about right)
  • splash of cream
Add all ingredients except for the cream to ice-filled highball and stir gently. Now add the splash of cream which should slowly diffuse through the ice. Do not stir. Garnish with a twist of lime. This makes a delicious and pretty drink.

This was a delightful drink and refreshing drink. You might even call it regenerative. I'll make this again, Doctor Who party or not.
  • 3 ounces pear nectar
  • 2 ounces champagne
  • 3 ounces club soda or seltzer
  • 2 ounces whiskey (I used Crown Royal)
Combine the pear nectar and whiskey in a shaker, shake vigorously, and pour into a highball (no ice). Stir in the champagne and club soda. Garnish with a pear wedge. I think this was my favorite of the bunch. Yum.

Time Vortex
This is a layered drink, so ingredients must be added in this order*. I've not included quantities here. Just add enough to achieve the desired stripe width.
  • grenadine (don't go overboard here)
  • pineapple juice
  • Jagermeister (just enough to form a distinct layer)
  • blue curacao (don't go overboard here)
  • Chambord
Use the brand specified if you can. If you substitute other brands or other liqueurs, the densities may vary, so you'll need to experiment to make sure to it will layer properly.

Layered drinks are mostly made to look pretty rather than taste good. Nonetheless, I rather liked this. The herbal flavors of the Jagermeister set off the otherwise too-strong fruit flavors nicely.

*If you've never made a layered drink before, the most reliable way I've found is to hold a spoon by the spoony end and place it so the handle end is just above the partially-poured drink. Gently pour the next ingredient along the spoon handle. This slows down the liquid so it doesn't splash into the glass and ruin the layered effect. Ingredients must be added from densest to least dense. Also, the thinner the glass, the better your drink will hold its layers, a shooter glass or (if you happen to have them) a pousse-café glass is best.

Have any other ideas for DW cocktails? Post them in the comments!