Drinking to Forget it’s Over

Somewhere along the way I developed the habit of inventing cocktails and desserts and naming them after fictional characters. I’ve made The Big Daddy Spencer (Psych), Aragorn brownies, Maddie Hayes ice cream, and a whole list of BSG inspired desserts which have previously been posted on this blog. I felt this tradition fitting to observe for the end of One Life to Live. To be honest, I have not test driven all of these. There’s only so much drinking a girl can do in a day or two.

The Rainbow’s End
1 oz vodka
1 oz white crème de cacao
3 oz orange peach mango juice (I would have just used orange juice, but this was what was in my fridge since it’s what was on sale this week)
drizzle of ginger syrup
splash of pomegranate syrup

Put the vodka, crème de cacao, juice, and ginger syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Pour in the pomegranate syrup which should sink to the bottom. Don’t mix. It should have a pretty gradiated color like a tequila sunrise, but a very different taste.

My thought process: The first theme song I remember for OLTL started with a lyric about “Here’s where you go when you can’t find the rainbow’s end”—that was the main inspiration. Ginger is soothing, much like this show that has been there for us through the years. Pomegranate: the forbidden fruit–what could be more soapy. Vodka is really just there to be booze, I’m not going to lie. I added the crème de cacao because my rough draft of this one tasted a little too tropical. The juice is there as a carrier and something to contrast with the color of the pomegranate.


Victoria Lord Gordon Riley Burke Riley Buchanan Buchanan Carpenter Davidson Banks (Buchanan)

Something classy for the show’s oft married matriarch

1 oz crème de cassis
4 oz champagne (or sparkling white wine)

Chill both ingredients. Pour together in a champagne flute.


The Buchanan

2 oz bourbon
.5 oz chipotle-orange infused simple syrup
Couple dashes of bitters
Splash of club soda or water

Add all ingredients to an old-fashioned glass with ice. Stir.

Explanation: For one of the show’s great families I went with a twist on the Old Fashioned (we all know Asa loved his bourbon). I’m not going to lie, I really just like chipotle a lot, but also, the Buchanans are from Texas (and damn proud of it) so I wanted something to give it a bit of a southwestern vibe.


The Bo and Nora

It took them forever, but I am glad these two made it back to each other before the show ended.

1 oz campari
1 oz bourbon
Splash of ginger syrup
Club soda

Mix the spirits and soda together in a glass. Add ice. Fill with soda. Drink while listening to Little Richard and Snoop Dog.

Explanation: I first heard about campari when Nora ordered it once (I learned so much from this show!). Add a touch of Buchanan. Plus, it should be Red which is what Bo always called Nora. Sigh.


The Dorian

I tried chartreuse for the first time this week and it’s perfect for Dorian. Complex, strong, colorful and expensive.

2 oz green chartreuse
Lemon twist
Club soda

Pour the chartreuse over ice in a brandy glass. Fill with soda, garnish with lemon twist and possibly a cherry if you’re feeling crazy.


Smokin’ Hot Jolie (not for the faint of heart)
1.5 oz coffee infused Patron
1.5 oz amaretto
4 oz milk (for our vegan or lactose intolerant friends I see no reason you couldn’t use a dairy substitute)
4 oz coffee
dash of ground chipotle chiles
dash of nutmeg

Add the chipotle and nutmeg to the milk and scald it. Add hot coffee. Add the Patron and amaretto and stir vigorously.

Back story: Jolie is one of those couple contractions, which, truth be told I don’t like, but are an unavoidable part of fan lingo. In this case it stands for John and Natalie—one of those quintessential off-again, on-again,  with-other-people-but-wanting-to-be-on-again couples. After eight years of delicious and frustrating twists and turns the two finally saved each others’ lives one last time this past week, before finally reuniting and planning to settle down with their son Liam. When I lived with my crazy ex-roommate (responsible for reintroducing me to OLTL) we spent a lot of time developing desserts inspired by OLTL characters. The first stage of this was to come up with a flavor that embodied each character. Natalie was amaretto and John was coffee. So that was kind of a nobrainer. The chipotle is obviously for spiciness, but I went with chipotle specifically because of the smokiness. Nutmeg to me is warm and comforting so it represents their new found domestic bliss.


Crazy Jessica

3 oz peach nectar
1 oz vodka
Dash of Tabasco sauce

Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with something random, like a sprig of lavender or a cigarette.

Again the inspiration for this one comes from me and my old roommate and our dessert making adventures which took place right around the time sweet, and sometimes vapid, little Jessica developed a vodka swilling slut of an alternate personality. I wanted to pair something almost cloyingly sweet with something unexpected so I created a Crazy Jessica Tart which was a peach frangipani tart topped by an habañero cream drizzle. This is the liquid counterpart.


Foxy Roxy

2oz vodka
Club soda
Splash of grenadine

Something pink and sparkling for the lady who loved pink, sparkles, booze and soaps. Pour the vodka and grenadine into a glass. Add ice and fill with soda.


Rex Balsom

One of the first scenes I really remember of Rex was him doing a spit take and declaring “How do they expect anybody to drink this? The whole point of eggnog is the whiskey!” So, just for that:

1 oz whiskey
4 oz eggnog

Mix together. Garnish with a crazy straw.


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