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Zombie Cocktail: The Carl

Who is excited for premier of the 5th season of Walking Dead?

Who is excited for premier of the 5th season of Walking Dead?

Tomorrow (October 12th) is the premier of the 5th season of Walking Dead on AMC and to commemorate it, this week’s post is a recipe for a cocktail to drink while watching what I’m sure will be a very violent and stressful first episode of the season.  It is VERY strong so it will help calm your nerves.The carl cocktailThe Carl cocktail is a play on “The Zombie” cocktail, which I had the great pleasure of ‘testing’ yesterday.  The drink was created in the 1930s, so I was surprised that it would be called “The Zombie”, as I didn’t think zombies were all the rage 80 years ago, but after seeing how much rum and brandy went into this drink the name made so much sense.

The Carl CocktailSince season 4 of the Walking Dead was the first season that I wasn’t actively rooting for Carl to be zombified I figured I’d name the cocktail after him.

The recipe was created by the always talented chef and food stylist Victoria Cox.  Enjoy the recipe, but be warned this is a strong cocktail, so don’t drink it too early in the episode or you’re likely to forget what is going on.  The traditional Zombie Cocktail is also called the Skull Crusher if that gives you any idea what you are in for.

the carl cocktailThe Carl Cocktail Aka The Zombie Apocalypse 

by Victoria Cox

2 oz light rum

1 oz dark rum

½ oz brandy

1 oz pineapple juice

1 oz blood orange juice (they sell this bottled in produce/refrigerated juice section at publix)

1 oz lemon juice

Optional garnishes: Maraschino cherry, lemon slices, pineapple slices, mint sprig

 Combine first 6 ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice; cover and shake 15 seconds. Pour into an ice-filled glass. Garnish as desired.

*Optional pyrotechnics:

½ oz high proof rum (150 or higher)

Hollowed out lemon peel

*this is cool and would be cool with your brain ice cube. Cut a lemon in quarters. Hollow out one quarter (scrape out flesh) to create a “boat.” Float on top of drink. Pour ½ oz (or small amount) of high proof rum into lemon boat. With a long handled match or lighter- be careful- ignite the rum in the lemon boat atop your cocktail.

WARNING: Do I really need to do a warning about playing with fire and alcohol? Don’t be a moron when you are combining fire and flammable substances.  I had a fire extinguisher handy during this shoot, just in case things went terribly wrong.  Also notice that the glass is cracked in the photographs, that was not intended.  It took quite a while to get my shot right so the flame was lit far too long (15 minutes) and it cracked the glass.  Don’t let your glass get too hot.  

Also: AMC-I borrowed some of your photos from your website, which as a photographer I never do, but it seemed fitting with the premier and all, but I can remove anything if that is a problem.  6



Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Pink Lemon Margarita

Untitled-1Cinco de Mayo

I used to work and live 2 hours from my husband and I would commute back and forth to see him on the weekends. One week I inadvertently left my driver’s license at the weekend home. 

My husband scanned it and emailed it to me, but I didn’t have a physical copy of it. I printed the scanned license, but wasn’t paying attention and instead of printing an actual-sized license I printed a giant 16 by 20 inch clown-sized license. I was rushing to meet a friend for dinner so I just grabbed my ginormous license and shoved it in my purse, confident that I wouldn’t have to show it to anyone anyways. But of course it was Cinco de Mayo, and of course I had stupidly picked a mexican restaurant to eat at and of course they carded me just to get into the restaurant.

I tried arguing with the door guy to let me in (I was 31 at the time) but I could tell he thought I was trying to scam him, so full of shame I pulled out my giant, clown-sized license and showed it to him. The door guy didn’t laugh or even crack a smile. He just stared at me and said “That is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m going to let you in just for that.”

Cinco de Mayo MargaritaI admit that until very recently, I was ignorant of the origins of the Cinco de Mayo celebration.  My experience with Cinco de Mayo is cramming into crowded mexican restaurants, eating a couple of tacos, drinking a couple of margaritas at a killer discount and going home.  Enjoyable, yet perplexing.  It had to be about more than just drink specials.

So I did some research.  Cinco de Mayo, which is celebrated on the 5th of May, (cinco=five, mayo=May) was originally a celebration of the mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla.

The french army had been invading Mexico since 1861.  They had superior training, weapons, large forces, etc. but on May 5th 1862 they attempted to take the town of Puebla and failed.  Mexico won the battle and the victory was so powerful that years later we’re still flooding into Mexican restaurants on the 5th of May.  Sadly, the victory, though impressive, was short-lived and the french easily defeated Puebla on the second attempt.

Pink Lemon MargaritaPink Lemons

To celebrate victory over the french, as well as have a good excuse to drink tequila, I decided to create a margarita recipe for this week’s blog post.  Initially, I planned on making a papaya margarita, but when I was perusing the produce section of the grocery store I found pink lemons.  Pink lemons!

Pink LemonsI never even knew pink lemons existed and was quite excited to discover them.  I’m a huge fan of gimmicky fruits; they probably are genetically altered and carcinogenic, but I love them anyways.  Several years ago I found an apple called a grapple, which is an apple that tastes like a grape.  That’s just crazy!  I don’t even like the taste of grapes, but I still bought 4 of them.

Though I had no idea what I was going to do with them, I bought 3 pink lemons.  Thankfully, they lent themselves quite nicely to a festive margarita recipe.

The rind of the lemon is yellow and green striped, but the flesh is a pale blush color.  They tasted like normal yellow lemons but were interesting looking and made for a nice garnish.

4Taste Testing

My husband and I enjoyed developing (and taste testing) this recipe.  This recipe version was my 5th attempt, and I’m going to be honest with you, it tasted great.  But we had already drank 4 previous attempts, so things were getting a bit hazy at this point.  To the best of my recollection, this is a really good drink.  If you disagree, keep on drinking; after a while it will be amazing.

5Pink Lemon Margarita

1 1/4 oz tequila

1 oz triple sec

1 oz lemon juice

1 oz honey simple syrup or simple syrup

dash of grenadine (mostly for color)

fresh mint

pink lemon

Muddle the mint and a pink lemon wedge in a glass.  Add tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, grenadine and simple syrup and mix in a shaker with ice.  Strain into a glass with a salted (or sugared) rim and ice.  Garnish with a pink lemon slice.  Enjoy with caution.

Happy Cinco de Mayo.  Eat lots of delicious mexican food and buen provecho!