Have you ever noticed certain cocktails are perfect for specific geeky pursuits? Whether it’s a special kind of ‘tini for tinkering or a hearty grog for saluting an awesome rocket launch, we (non-teetotaler) adults appreciate a cocktail that complements our hobbies. Here are some examples to sample over this long weekend as you pursue whatever it is that makes your geeky heart happy:
Activity: Good for softening the blow of ‘The Undiscovered Country.’
If you can’t handle real Blood Wine, pataQ, try this one out. Strong, sweet and sophisticated, just like Worf circa TNG, when he couldn’t win a fight to save his life.
1 shot Flor de Caña rum
1/2 shot Raspberry Pucker
1/2 shot Bombay Sapphire gin
Cherry Bomb Jolt
Instructions: Mix the booze together in a shaker and pour over ice. Add the Jolt to taste.
Neon Geek (Matt Blum)
Activity: Good for drinking with action shows/movies.
1/2 oz Mountain Dew, Sprite, or 7-Up
1/2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
(Sodas are listed in order of preference.) Mix together with ice, then pour into a margarita glass. Garnish with mint.
Green Acres Punch
Activity: Great for relaxing after (not before!) some heavy-duty carpentry.
2 oz. Flor de Caña 4-year old
1oz. Flor de Caña 18-year old
0.75 oz. rich demerara simple syrup*
1 oz. lime juice
6 oz. HOT STRONG Green Tea
1 mint sprig
Instructions: All of the ingredients should be combined and left in a container overnight. Strain the next day, then refrigerate and drink at your leisure. Pour the punch into a glass and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.
*Demerara syrup can be made in a pot over low heat on stove top.
2 parts demerara sugar to 1 part water. Heat and stir until dissolved.
Activity: Drink while rewatching TNG episodes.
1 1/2 oz White rum
1 oz Blue Curacao
6 drops Tabasco sauce
Instructions: Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a tall, narrow glass. Add a grain of salt.
Sazerac Cocktail (Bill Gurstelle)
Activity: Sipping while sitting in a leather easy chair reading Douglas Adams’ ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide.’
In 2008 the Louisiana House of Representatives voted to make the Sazerac the official cocktail of New Orleans. It’s a great mix of flavors and packs a kick. A favorite with those who understand the art of living dangerously.
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 sugar cube
3 dashes Bitters
2 ounces rye Jim Beam or Old Overholt RYE (not bourbon) whiskey
1/2 teaspoon of absinthe
Chill an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice and water. In second old-fashioned glass, mix together sugar, bitters, and 1/2 teaspoon water thoroughly. Add cognac or whiskey and remaining 1/2 cup ice, and stir well, at least 15 seconds. Take the chilled glass, discard ice and water and pour in absinthe. Swirl it around so the absinthe coats the interior of the glass. Add rye whiskey mixture into the chilled, absinthe-coated glass. Add lemon peel and enjoy.
The Princess Leia
Activity: Writing yourself into your favorite fanfic.
Classy yet strong, just like its namesake. The acai-flavored VeeV adds a little tang to your ‘pagne while the gin supplies the kick.
1/2 shot Bombay Sapphire gin
1/2 shot VeeV Acai liquor
In a champagne flute, add the VeeV and Sapphire, stir, then top off glass with your sparkling wine or champagne of choice.
Activity: Harvesting parts from a busted piece of consumer electronics.
2 parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
1 part fresh lemon juice
3/4 part simple syrup
Instructions: Pour first three ingredients into a Collins glass with ice and stir well. Add more ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Royal Tea (Royalty) (Curtis Silver)
Activity: I like to drink while using the Adobe Creative Suite to edit videos and pictures of my kids.
Arizona Iced Tea (original with lemon)
Fill 16oz cup up with ice to brim, then iced tea to three quarters cup. Fill in rest with Crown Royal. Cut a lemon in half. Squeeze one into the cup and discard. Take the other half and cut it into fours. Put that right into the drink
(via Don Martelli, Boston PR Madman.)
Cherry Grog (Michael Harrison)
Activity: Perfect for a night spent powerleveling your guildies through Deadmines (again) or roleplaying your way through the pirate city of Freeport. Splice the main brace, mateys; just don’t overdo it and pull a Leeroy Jenkins, ya lightweight.
Collins glass (or a pewter beer stein, if you’re feeling saucy)
Mountain Dew Game Fuel, Horde Red
Instructions: Fill glass with cracked ice and drop a shot or two of spirits over the ice. Fill the rest up with the Game Fuel. Add a splash of juice and garnish with a wedge of lime
The Mom Mellowing Cocktail (Corrina Lawson)
Activity: It is best consumed after a long, exhausting day, to clear the mind.
Two fingers of vodka with lemon flavor
Any flavor of diet cola but Diet Coke with Lime works best.
This is your basic soda & hard liquor mixed drink but I drink it for two reasons:
1. I cannot drink vodka straight.
2. It is somewhat low calorie, with the use of diet soda.
Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster (Matt Blum)
Activity: Best to drink with the old HHGttG TV show or the decidedly-mediocre movie.
There are multiple versions this legendary Hitchhikers Guide beverage. This one comes from webtender.
2 oz Vodka
1 oz Triple sec
1/2 oz Grenadine
7-Up or Slice
Instructions: Fill Collins glass with ice. Add 2 oz. of vodka and 1 oz. triple sec. Fill glass almost to the top with pineapple juice, add Grenadine for color, and top off the glass with 7-Up or Slice. Shake or stir until the drink turns a light orange-pink color.
Humongor (Curtis Silver)
Activity: All-night HALO benders.
Bottle of Jonnie Walker Black or Red
Liter of Mountain Dew
One large sports cup
Mix 50% Jonnie Walker (didn’t use the cheap stuff to avoid headaches) and 50% Mountain Dew, warm, in a large sports cup. CHUG.
The Ramos Gin Fizz
Activity: This cocktail takes a lot of shaking to fix — great for combining with dice-shaking activities like D&D or Yahtzee!
Ah. Born in 1887 to Henry Charles “Carl” Ramos. Not technically a cocktail, but a fizz. A morning-after drink for clearing the haze after you’ve had a few too many the night before. Downright delicious; a creamy, frothy, fragrant, lovely way to set things right again with the dawning day.
1 1/2 oz Old Tom Gin*
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Fresh squeezed Lime Juice
3/4 oz Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 oz simple Syrup (2:1)
1/2 an egg white (this drink is traditionally built for two, in which case, double the recipe and use the whole egg white)
2 oz Club Soda
3 drops Orange Flower Water
Pour the citrus and egg white in a Boston Shaker with the spring from a
Hawthorn strainer and dry shake for one minute. Keep ingredients in the tin
and in the glass add the Gin, Cointreau, Cream, and Simple Syrup. Fill with
ice reconnect with the tin and Shake for one minute. Strain into a large
Highball glass (no ice,) top with Club soda, and garnish with Orange Flower
(Note: Learn more about the Ramos Gin Fizz on John Park’s website.)
Activity: Great for moistening a parched throat after an invigorating soldering session.
1 oz. Lucid Absinthe
0.5 oz. of Simple Syrup
6-8 Fresh Mint Leaves
1 oz. of Soda Water
Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a frappe style glass. Add absinthe, simple syrup and fill with crushed ice. Pour mixture into shaker and shake vigorously. Pour contents into glass, top with splash of soda water and garnish with mint sprig.
So, what are your favorite recipes? Leave a comment.
[Note: This article was originally published in September of 2009.]