So, we were watching the Shining tonight. It’s one of my favorite movies and has even made an appearance in this blog BEFORE.
My attention was called to the second scene in the bar (preceding the “Bathroom Scene"…I cant find a vid of bar one, but the liquor is mentioned there) where Jack meets Delbert Grady. Grady runs into him and spills a tray of drinks. He refers to it as Advocaat and the name piqued my interest.
Advocaat (or advokat) is a rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs, sugar and brandy. It has a smooth, custard-like flavor. In English-speaking countries it generally contains 15% alcohol (30 proof), but in Continental Europe the typical alcohol content differs from country to country and is generally somewhere between 14% and 20% ABV. Its contents may be a blend of egg yolks, aromatic spirits, sugar or honey, brandy, vanilla and sometimes cream (or evaporated milk).
Apparently it was once produced by Bols, but their website doesn't list it. It can however be found here.
I also found a homemade recipe and I might try to make a batch for a kickoff drink at SantaCon 2009.
- 5 egg yolks
- 100 gicing sugar, sieved
- ½ tspvanilla extract
- 300 g cream
- 250 ml whisky
Cream well the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. Slowly mix in the cream. Then mix in the whisky.
Refrigerate for 12 hours. Shake well before use. The liqueur stays fresh in the fridge for 2 weeks.
Also, while tooling around the web, I came across an article on what I think is the coolest bar in the world.
Several years ago, Alby introduced me to H.R. Giger as an artist by his copy of the Necromicon. Later, we all learned to love him for his design of the set pieces and aliens for the Movie ALIEN (and the various sequels). Actually, I think I knew the movie ALIEN first, but I never put it together until much later who did the design.
Anyway, he also designed the bar in his museum in Switzerland. If you are a Sci-Fi or Horror fan…..it has to be seen to be believed.
Here’s the link……….Incredible. Who’s up for a road trip?