Sunday, October 9, 2016

Christine (1983) - Flaming Plymouth Fury

On the ninth day of Halloween, John Carpenter gave to me... Christine (1983), based on a novel by Stephen King. See the review from Outpost Zeta here.

There aren't many references to food in Christine, and although we could probably spend hours making a cake to look like a car, we've got a better and faster idea, calling upon the fantastic scene in the film where the Plymouth Fury of the title catches fire in a gas station explosion and rolls after one of the bullies:

A layered cocktail... ON FIRE.

Layered cocktails depend on the specific gravity of the ingredients, with the heaviest liquids being poured first, and the lighter ones being added - carefully - by pouring them very slowly over the back of a spoon on top, layer by layer. Learn more about layering cocktails here, from Mix That Drink.

We've created this cocktail in Christine's colors, red and white. The top layer - Navy strength Plymouth Gin - gets set on fire. If you can't find Plymouth Gin, it's unfortunate, but we understand it can sometimes be hard to find depending on your market; substitute 151 Rum instead.

A few hopefully unnecessary warnings here:
  1. Don't drink it while it's on fire - duh.  Blow it out and drink it with a straw.
  2. DON'T DRINK IT WHILE IT'S ON FIRE.
  3. You want the drink to fill most of the vessel. If you underfill it, the glass might crack from the fire. If you fill it up to the brim, you might create a blow-torch when you blow it out.
  4. Also, you should not drink this while it's on fire.
Here's the pouring order - start with the Grenadine:
  • 1/4 shot Grenadine (specific gravity 1.18)
  • 1/4 shot De Kuyper Creme de Cacao White (specific gravity 1.1204)
  • 1/4 shot DeKuyper Cherry Brandy (specific gravity 1.0392)
  • 1/4 shot Plymouth Gin, Navy Strength (specific gravity 0.94)
Turn down the lights when you set it on fire; sometimes the colored flame on a flaming drink is hard to see in full light. Make vrooming car engine noises before blowing it out.

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