14th February 2012
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I recently had the opportunity to sit down and watch Attack the Block
with Brian Solomon of The Vault of Horror
and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this flick from Shaun of the Dead
producers. I really enjoyed the minimal CGI feel that the aliens had and even though at times I had a difficult time understanding what the hell they were saying, my interpreter was on hand to ensure I wouldn’t miss any key moments. ( Thanks b_sol!) One thing I did get a real kick out of was the glowing green teeth which replaced the general tired glowing eyes most evil and ominous creatures typically have. So with this in mind I thought—Cruella, you should totally do a cruellasconcoction blog post with a cocktail that reacts under UV light and what better way than with using tonic water?
Tonic water is made from quinine which is a bitter tasting soda like water and is made from the bark of the Cinchona tree found in the Andes Mountains. It was originally used to treat Malaria as it helped to reduce fevers and leg cramps. The interesting thing about Quinine is that it is also photochemical reactive which means it glows blueish white when exposed to ultraviolet or blacklights. The fluorescent quality is better the more tonic that’s used! Here’s a terrific little concoction that is sweet, simple and yes, kittens—UV reactive! I give you the Alien Fallout.
Here’s how we do it up in the crypt:
in a highball glass filled with ice pour 1 oz. each the following:
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. Tonic
1 oz. Midori
garnish with a gumdrop or your favorite sweet gummi treat
Serve to your fiends and make sure to turn off the incandescents and turn up the ultraviolets! Bottoms up and viva la liquor, kittens!
10th January 2012
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This time in CruellasConcoctions we’re helping the new year-long series The Vault of Horror is doling out for the 90th anniversary of the classic F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. What better way to celebrate one of the best vampire films of all time but with a concoction as dark as Count Orlock himself. I give you—the VampTini.
How is it that this film still can effect us so profoundly, when so much of horror’s power is drawn from the unexpected? One would think that age would be the death knell of a great horror movie, and yet films like Nosferatu prove this to be dead wrong. Whether you’re discovering it for the first time all these decades later, or watching it for the 90th time, Nosferatu has the power to utterly creep you out. Personally, I credit it to the merits of German Expressionism.-The Vault of Horror.
Be sure to check out the award winning blog, The Vault of Horror, for further ghoulishly good reads in celebration of 90 years of Nosferatu!
- 1 1/2 oz Finlandia Vodka
- 1 1/2 oz Korbel Champagne
- 3/4 oz Chambord
- red sugar for rimming
Here’s how we do it up in the crypt; in an ice filled shaker pour vodka, champagne and Chambord. Shake and strain into a pre-chilled, red sugar rimmed martini glass. Guard your neck and enjoy! Viva la liquor and bottoms up, Kittens!
7th September 2011
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This cherry flavored cocktail is just what the Doctor ordered after a hard day of Troll hunting. Imagine, after a day trekking through the fields and woods on a chilly Fall day and returning to camp with a Huntress waiting for you. What a deviously delightful thought!
I’ve heard nothing but good things about this Norwegian made flick and I’m planning on turning in early, settling into the crypt with the Vault Keeper
and enjoying a well made Huntress myself. I’ll let you all know how it was and please leave a comment about the concoction OR the movie!
What you’ll need for a well made Huntress cocktail:
- 1 oz bourbon
- 1 oz cherry liqueur
- 1 oz cream or milk
- dash of Triple Sec
Here’s how we do it up in the crypt. Pour all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled old fashioned glass and enjoy as you reminisce on a job well done turning mountain dwelling Ringlefinches into stone. And remember it takes time to catch a Troll just like it does to make a good cocktail!