Imagine being chosen to be a member of the Green Lantern Corps – it would be like finding the ultimate cereal box trinket. Little Orphan Annie Secret Decoder Ring eat your ice-cold heart out and keep your Ovaltine. You are now the proud owner of a friggin’ green lantern ring. A ring that is frellin’ magical and can literally turn nothing into glowy, solid goodness that can knock your enemies (or frienemies) clear into next Wednesday. Yay violence! WAIT WHAT?! Errr… sorry. I’m getting sidetracked faster than a squirrel with a quarter. Anywho, the GLC is a universal organization comprised of thousands of different species … some even the size of planets (Yes, literally the size of planets, Nerdship!) that act as the police force of the universe. Yes. The Universe! C.S.I.’s got nothin’ on this green clad gang. Protecting civilizations and species against the baddies that may or may not be trying to control or destroy them. And if you get chosen, consider yourself special because they only choose one per sector and there are only 3600 sectors in the D.C. Universe. Your ring comes with a matching outfit and green mask to help “conceal” your identity… or those dark circles under your eyes that you’ll acquire from working all those late nights in Space. Don’t freak out about the outfit – it won’t be the horrible CGI’d mess that what’s-his-name donned for the most recent live action incarnation of The Green Lantern. It will be classier than that. Random Aside: Nathan Fillion would have made a much better Lantern than Reynolds in fact he WAS A BETTER LANTERN, but I’m hoping that they actually go with the fans on this next movie and cast Idris Elba as John Stewart. Please, please, do this! MAKE THIS A THING MOVIE-MAKER-PEOPLE! The Green Lantern (Clarification: John Stewart, not Hal Jordan or Alan Scott) is probably in my top 10 super heroes of all time. Right up there with Captain Marvel, Ironman, and Hit Girl. So for this cocktail I decided to get a little experimenty – but not in an origin story experimenty where everything goes to stupid in the first 5 minutes and I then become some scientifically-induced super person. Even though that’d be awesome! For the cocktail I decided to be a tad adventurous and try a few different things and the resulting cocktail was epic. Go me! And it was the right shade of Green Lantern green, too! Double points to the lady with the cocktail shaker! Guys, I muddled a kiwi in this drink! Kiwi! After [just now] googling “muddled kiwi” it looks like I’m not the first person to try this, but I’m still thrilled about it. Thrilled that I came up with it and was like this should be a good idea – and it was! The other afternoon I visited Whole Paycheck to pick up some Irish Banger Sausages and the kiwis were just sitting there… calling me in their own furry, round special way. I knew that this drink had to be green but I didn’t necessarily want to use granny smith apples or honeydew so the kiwi had a purpose… and I bought 6 of them. They’re all gone now if you’re curious. They were gone the night I came home from the store and made this drink… and then ate the other kiwis. It was a massacre I tell you, a delicious massacre. SHAMELESS PLUG: Go check out Pop Cultured Podcast! They’re awesome and ridiculously funny. Here’s all their social media sites: Facebook | Twitter | iTunes Channel . If you haven’t heard already from our previous two cocktails inspired by their favorite comic book characters, they’re going to be over here at Nerds and Nomsense HQ to record their special 10th Episode Podcast Thingy. It’s exciting and we’re going to be cooking and mixing up cocktails for them. We may even post a few pictures of the event on our Instagram so be sure to follow us for awesome behind the scenes pictures! So enough with me talking all crazy like, let’s get on with this Green Lantern-inspired cocktail! It’s a fruity, citrusy punch of a drink. The Green Lantern Corps is made up of thousands of races, species, etc… this drink is made up of many types of booze. All of which compliment each other, so that’s nice.
A drink that's better than that glowy ring of his.
1.5oz Blavod Black Vodka, or any black vodka (or regular vodka if you’re in a pinch!)
1oz Blue Curacao
.5oz sour apple pucker
.5oz limeade vodka
.5oz Caravella Limoncello Liquor
1 can Mountain Dew
1 kiwi, skin removed and muddled (optional)
1 lime, juice of 1/2 you can use the other half for garnish
- Grab a tall beer glass then peel and muddle your kiwi in the bottom of it – if you’re into that sort of stuff, that is. I didn’t have an actual “muddling” device so I used my mortar and pestle then dumped that into the glass.
- Pour your black vodka over the muddled kiwi.
- Add ice to your glass and your shaker.
- In a shaker add in all of your remaining liquors and shake it like a Polaroid picture. (If you want to be extra evil, if you’re making this drink for a friend – put a whole lot of green food coloring into it… that will surely turn their mouth green! Induct them into the Green Lantern Corps! Muwah ha ha ha hah aha ha!)
- Strain and squeeze the half of a lime’s juice on top of your glass. Pour in the Mountain Dew to fill up your glass the rest of the way.
- Drink and say the following: “In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!!!”
As always – please drink responsibly. Just because you drink won’t mean you’re automatically a member of the Green Lantern Corps, so don’t go picking fights with Sinestro, Parallax, or the Weaponers of Qward… you’ll lose… and somebody will probably make millions from the video they put up of you getting your tushy beat up by all those baddies on YouTube. #truth
If you make this drink, please let us know what you think of it. We love hearing from you guys so don’t be shy. Feel free to leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page … or if you’re feeling really snazzy tweet us! Also, if you have an idea for a nerd-inspired cocktail or would like to challenge us with a character or fandom – let us know in the comments below! Oh and be sure to check in with Pop Cultured Podcast – they’ve got some exciting stuff around the corner as well.