by Jan B. and JB
What we are saying is that, in this house, we only like three things. We will now share with you, Gentle Reader, our ideas for things to eat and drink during F This Movie Fest. This is predicated on the notion that, if we don’t tell you, you will waste your precious time on March 5 wondering what we are drinking and eating, and then you will spiral into madness.
Mars Attacks: Teepee made of Donuts with a “Flaming, Screaming Alien”
DRINKS: 1 ounce Amaretto
½ ounce overproof rum
The Rock: Avocado Toast on Sourdough with Whiskey on the Rocks
…dishes Sean Connery.
SIPS: Whiskey on the rocks. ROCKS, get it? Our friend, Noted Florida Mixologist Grant Peyton, suggests Monkey Shoulder Whiskey. MasterofMalt.com says,
“Monkey Shoulder [...] is a superb, blended malt whisky from William Grant, made with single malts from three famous Speyside distilleries. The result is a smooth, creamy, supple, and very malty Scotch which works superbly well neat, over ice, or in whisky cocktails.”
A dozen slices of bacon, cut in half
Good BBQ sauce
Old Bay Seasoning (Don’t use it all, you’ll need the rest later!)
Toss the shrimp in Old Bay. Wrap each shrimp in a half-slice bacon, then put onto a wooden skewer that’s been soaked in water. Brush with BBQ sauce and throw the skewers onto a grill (or under a broiler.) Keep turning and brushing until they’re done, then slide them off the skewer with a fork. We actually serve these all the time for patio parties and, trust us, it’s impossible to make too many.
If this sounds like too much work, just order pizza from Villapiano’s, out by the airport. #Proofofpizza
BOOZE: 1 ounce peach schnapps
1 ounce vanilla vodka
1 ounce orange juice
½ ounce triple sec
½ ounce lime juice
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake vigorously, strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh peach slice. “Best in the Southland!”
The Phantom – Purple Chips and Bengalla Island Queso with “The Skull Crusher”
INGEST: Do you have a skull-shaped bowl? Fill that with Terra Blues, which are purple and made from sweet potatoes, just like Billy Zane. Dip them in this “Bengalla” Island Queso from baconfatte.com, which sounds amazing – here’s a link to the recipe. (https://baconfatte.com/island-queso-cheese-dip/)
1 ½ ounces each of añejo and light rums
1 ounce each of applejack, papaya nectar, orange juice, and pineapple juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce Grenadine
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice, then float 1/2 ounce of 151-proof rum on top. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and pineapple spear. The Phantom cautions, “Only drink one of these!”
From Dusk ‘til Dawn – “Stake” Tacos with a “Bloody Maria”
UNA BEBIDA: The following recipe is courtesy of Sonja and Alex Overhiser at acouplecooks.com.
2 cups tomato juice, chilled
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
½ teaspoon Frank’s hot sauce
½ teaspoon celery salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces tequila, chilled
Ice, for serving (may we recommend frozen holy water?)
For the rim: Old Bay seasoning
For the garnish: celery stalk and lime wedge
To serve, fill a shallow dish with Old Bay seasoning (We told you.) Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run it around the rim of a glass. Dip the rim into the Old Bay. To each glass, add 2 ounces (¼ cup) of tequila and ½ cup of Bloody Maria mix and stir gently to combine. Fill the glass with ice and add the garnishes. Squeeze in the lime wedge before serving.
Independence Day — Hero Sandwiches and a “Welcome to Earth!”
Your “hero” can be hearty, like Captain Steven Hiller; or kind of cheesy but still awesome, like President Thomas J. Whitmore. It can be odd but likeable, like MIT-educated satellite engineer David Levinson; or completely nutty, like Russell Casse.* This movie is FULL of heroes, and by the end of F This Movie Fest, you should be too.
QUAFFS: What we have named the “Welcome to Earth!” is really a Wisconsin Old-Fashioned, as prepared by Anders Erickson. Here’s a link to how it’s made:
Why a Wisconsin Old-Fashioned? First, JB says Independence Day is kind of an “old-fashioned” movie, because it follows the highly-effective “disaster movie blueprint” perfected 20 years before Independence Day was made.
But even more so because JB says muddling the fruit in the typical Wisco style reminds him of Will Smith punching the alien: “WELCOME (smash) TO (smush) EARTH!!! (Punch that fruit into a pulp.)
See you on the Twitter Machine, F-Heads!
* Scene from the Couch:
Jan: C’mon, Babe, that doesn’t work—how can a sandwich be NUTTY?
JB: It can be a peanut butter sandwich.