My thirst for good alcohol can only be matched by my insatiable appetite for quirky movies. While obscure films are far from hard to find, aberrant cinema with a message and a non-laughable budget is pretty scarce. Wes Anderson – writer, director, producer, and film virtuoso – is a man who has mastered the art of the successful anomalous film. His ability to garner support from big name actors and producers, while still remaining outside the mainstream, is unmatched in the industry. I’m getting off track, though. As much as I’d love to simply praise the man I admire above most, that’s not what I’m here to do.
With anticipation building for his first live action film since The Darjeeling Limited (2007), the name Anderson has begun to permeate my daily thoughts once again. Moonrise Kingdom is set to debut in France on May 16, and as always, the film is charged with an illustrious cast – including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Tilda Swinton, just to name a few.
Since I’ve heedfully studied the trailer close to 30 times already, I’ve begun to feed my excitement and anticipation in other ways. My career as a KegWorker and my admiration for alcohol has inspired me to think, “What drinks would I share and enjoy with Wes?”
See how I called him “Wes”? I’ve never met him, but I’ve dreamt of the occasion, and have conjured many of the details regarding our rendezvous. I happen to see this little thought experiment as fitting very neatly into my musing. I won’t bore you with the other details regarding setting, time of day, and outfits (yes, I’ve thought about what I’d wear), so we’ll simply fast-forward to the drinks.
1.) The Bottle Rocket: This cocktail, made with 1/3 bottle of Smirnoff Ice, 1 tbsp grenadine syrup, and 1¼ shot of UV Blue Vodka, is something I assume Wes would enjoy because it also happens to be the title of his first major film. It tastes like a bottle rocket ice pop, and I put this drink in the top spot because I envision Wes drinking it with Owen Wilson who co-wrote and also starred in the film. The thought of the two of them together, or possibly the three of us, just gets me doubly excited.
2.) The Submarine: This drink calls for 1½ oz gin, ½ oz red Dubonnet, and ½ oz dry vermouth. The drink also calls for some “aromatic bitters” as well. I’d suggest Angostura; an oldie but a goodie. If you don’t know why I chose this drink, then I guess it’s been awhile since you’ve seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Maybe you haven’t seen it all, in which case I say to you with a tilted head and clouded eyes, Whaa?
3.) Baileys Irish Coffee: This delectable little pick-me-up requires some sugar, fresh coffee, ¾ oz of Baileys, whipped cream (preferably homemade), and a warm spoon for stirring. I personally love coffee, and I picture my meeting with Wes to be a morning affair at first. I say “at first” because I imagine him being so pleased with my company and our discussion regarding contemporary film, that we’d end up spending the entire day together.
4.) Darjeeling Tea with Scotch: This light, yet lovely cocktail is made simply by mixing scotch (amount preferable to you) and Darjeeling tea – an Indian favorite. If you’re looking to spice this one up, I’d say try to find some Indian painkillers for mixing as the three brothers did in the film, but these may be hard to get your hands on, so just keep it in mind for your next trip to India.
5.) The Fantastic Mr. Fox: There are a number of ways to make this, and I’d suggest looking at Embury’s website, as they held a competition for this drink, and decided on four finalists. I picked this drink because, although Anderson’s experience with stop-motion animation is somewhat limited, this film was an astounding success, and I truly believe Wes would feel as Mr. Fox did about its bitterly blissful taste…”It burns in your throat, burns in your stomach, and tastes almost exactly like pure, melted gold.”
[techtags:Wes Anderson, Cocktails, Movies]