The embodiment of vengeance.
Twas the opening weekend of J.J. Abrams’s latest Star Trek film, and my two compatriots and I decided to have a drink and go witness the movie firsthand. To have a normal drink would not be suitable enough, so we agreed to create our own cocktails under a few fun guidelines.
- They needed to be Star Trek themed;
- They needed to be shots; and
- They needed to contain rum.
We each came up with our own and did so quite successfully, if I do say so myself. One guy came up with The Fuzzy Trible, a sort of Mai Tai with peach. Another made The Spock Shot, a drink that consisted of two kinds of rum, blue curaçao, and peppermint schnapps. You had to pick up the blue shot with the Vuclan salute, drink it, slam the glass down and then scream something logical.
Since the new Star Trek II had a revision of Khan, I found it only appropriate to pay homage to the original Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It needed to be fierce, bold, and full of rage. Thus I present you –
– Spiced Rum
– Bacardi 151 (Warning – Fire is involved)
– Tapatio Hot Sauce
Don’t run away! I know this drink screams “danger”, but it’s not that scary as long as you’re careful. Trust me, I put a lot of thought into this drink: Spiced Rum to represent Ricardo Montalban, with his tanned skin, smooth demeanor, and being comfortable enough to wear this –
The Tapatio represents Khan’s intensity and Do-what-I-want attitude, and the blazing 151 to symbolize “The Wrath”. So relax and have some courage; everything is thought out.
- Fill ⅓ of a tall/double shot glass with the Tapatio.
I told you to relax, dammit! This works, I swear. You could just put in a drop, which would certainly look pretty, but doesn’t add enough flavor to the party. Pour that shit in.
- Fill up the rest of the shot glass with the Spiced Rum, stopping at least ¼” from the top.
- Gently layer by pouring the Bacardi 151 down the side of the glass, leaving at least ⅛” empty. You don’t want the rum to burn away before you can drink it, but you don’t want it to reach the rim of the glass either. Liquid fire sounds badass, and it is, but it is not so much fun if you spill it all over yourself.
- Making sure the 151 is capped, and that the glass and any spills that might have occurred are wiped down, turn off the lights, and let the fires rise.
- Take a picture. It’s the law of the land now that you have to photograph your food if it’s on fire.
- Smother the fire either with a dish or your hand (depending on what level of FUCK YEAH I’M AWESOME you are).
- This part is a little tricky. Instead of simply drinking it, you have to throw this drink at your mouth as the rim of the glass might be too hot for human lips. You may want to keep a damp cloth nearby to cool the rim to a comfortable level.
- Scream “KHAAAAAAAAN!!!”
The drink is like a mini-bloody mary, except instead of vodka you have rum, and instead of celery you have a tiny piece of inferno. It’s got some kick, both in spice and alcohol content, so be forewarned. As for my friends and I, we had a couple of rounds, went swimming, watched the original Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, ordered a 3’ wide pizza, had another round, watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, went swimming again, and then . . .
You know what? We never saw the new Star Trek movie that day. I guess the thought will have to do.