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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Super Duper Alcoholic Drinks

I might have to try these drinks... from the Indystar INtake:

We can't promise they'll make you faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but these superhero-themed drinks are the perfect capper to an evening caper. Once you're done fighting crime, turning into a large, well-proportioned green man, or climbing your own spider webs, sidle up to the bar for a serving of one of these. They're sure to take some of the punch out of the POW! BIFFF! and BAM! of the workweek.

Well the drinks are pleasing to the eye, so I dunno if they are any good.


"It tastes good, it's got a kick and looks beautiful in a martini glass," said Simon Robinson, managing partner at Nicky Blaine's, of the Superman. The layered drink is clear on top, blue in the middle and red on bottom. It might take a few times to get the layering right, but, Robinson said, "you don't want to throw away the trial and error."


1 ounce citrus vodka

1 ounce lemonade

1/4 ounce blue Curacao

1/4 ounce of blue pucker

1/4 ounce of grenadine

Directions: Slide grenadine into the bottom of the glass. Mix the Curacao and pucker with one shake, then strain into the glass. Mix the vodka and lemonade the same way, and layer on top. "It'll set up really nicely," Robinson said. "There'll be no doubt about it that it's Superman."


George Pitney, bartender at Landsharks, said superhero drinks sell well when comic-book based movies come out. The Spider-Man holds its own post-movies, though.

"It's nice, it's pretty smooth, very fruity," Pitney said. "It's not overwhelming with alcohol."


1/3 ounce coconut rum

1/3 ounce peach Schnapps

1/3 ounce triple sec

1 splash grenadine

Pineapple juice

Directions: Fill a glass with ice, add equal parts rum, peach Schnapps and triple sec. Fill with pineapple juice and stir. Top with grenadine. "The Spider-Man is actually a blue color," Pitney said. "It's very colorful. You can garnish it with a cherry or an orange -- usually a cherry to make the red and blue."

Incredible Hulk

You won't like Bruce Banner when he's angry, but maybe this cognac-based drink will halt the transformation. Throw a couple his way. Also from Landsharks' Pitney, the Incredible Hulk is "more of a regional drink," he said. "It's very popular on the Westside of town."


2 ounces of Hpnotiq

2 ounces of cognac (Hennessy is recommended)

Directions: Layer over ice and stir.