Movie: Army of Darkness (1992)
Plot: Bruce Campbell vs. the Evil Dead, round 3
2 oz. bourbon
3/4 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. ginger-habanero syrup (build a 2:1 syrup of 60/40 blend of white/demerara sugar to cold-pressed ginger juice; steep a habanero and chopped ginger in it until the heat is where you like it; strain, cool, bottle)
Soda water (for topping the drink)
Shake, serve in an ice-filled Collins glass (or 12-ounce plastic cups) and top with soda water. Garnish with scorched Angostura — fill an atomizer with 1:1 Angostura bitters and Lemon Hart 151 rum and very very carefully spray it over an open flame over the drink. (Never aim at someone when doing this.)
Pat says: The Boomstick seems to be far and beyond the most popular drink I ever did with attendees of the midnights. I imagine part of that involves the sight of burning bitters over something. The cocktail itself is just a variation on a whiskey buck — instead of ginger beer it's soda and a hot/spicy ginger syrup, with the added wonders of scorched bitters on top. You have to be very careful when you make this drink, though, because a torch of bitters and 151 proof rum is extremely dangerous in the wrong hands.
Halloran, alas, is leaving Nashville for New York to join his girlfriend, former Catbird Seat beverage director Jane Lopes. So for this week's Open Thread, care to share any unusual or creative cocktails you've tried recently? Got any ideas for other concessions that might replace Halloran's cocktails at The Belcourt? And of course, this being Open Thread, feel free to share whatever's on your mind — meals or recipes you've tried, new places you've visited (or old), general gripes and observations. The floor opens ... now.