Nerdship, I have a confession to make. I didn’t grow up reading comic books. I spent my formative years reading – like all girls the grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s – Sweet Valley High, Baby Sitter’s Club, Christopher Pike, and V.C. Andrews (my copy of Flowers in the Attic was coveted in my catholic school), with some Jane Austen and Harper Lee thrown in there for good measure. It wasn’t until I was 18, in that hazy summer after high school graduation, that my best friend asked me on the phone one night:
“Have you ever read comics? I think you’d like the X-Men.”
As anyone who reads comics knows, once you’re in, it’s like the Mob – you can’t ever get out.
“Days of Future Past” is one of the best X-Men comic storylines of all time. It was released in 1981 by the X-Men dream team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin. When I heard that it was going to be the basis for the fifth X-Men movie, I was cautiously optimistic. The first round of X-Men movies had declined in quality by X3 and when First Class was announced, I thought, “Well, I’m glad the studio also figured out it was time to start over.”
The seminal relationship in the X-Men universe is the friendship between Charles Xavier and Erik “Magnus” Lehnsherr. They are, in many way, two sides of the same coins – they both want to find a way for humans and mutant to live in peace – but their approaches are completely different.
Okay, wait – let me get back on topic. After my sister and I saw “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” we were talking about Charles and Erik and drinking and thus, these drinks were born.
Both drinks have the same base flavor – cherry – but the different alcohols and mixers definitely make them distinct.
First up, Erik’s cocktail – The Magnetic Storm:
This is a play on a Dark & Stormy, which is one of the only rum-based drinks that I can handle. (There was an incident in my twenties and after that, rum and I amicably parted ways.)
The Magnetic Storm
- 1 ½ ounces of dark spiced rum
- ¼ ounce of Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur.
- 2 ounces dark cherry juice
- 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 ounces of ginger beer
Fill a shaker with ice and add the rum, Grand Marnier, cherry juice, 1 ounce of the ginger beer, and then squeeze your lime.
Then shake vigorously. (My sister, who was acting as my guest photog for this post, didn’t take any pictures of me actually shaking because I was wearing a v-neck and it was kind of obscene.)
Once it’s well shaken, pour into a highball glass with ice.
Pour the last ounce of ginger beer on the top as a floater and garnish with with a wedge of lime.
And look how pleased Erik looks about it:
Next up, is a drink for Charles. It’s based on the classic Manhattan. This one packs a bigger punch so you can block out all those pesky voices in your head.
- 2 ounces of bourbon
- 1 ounce of sweet vermouth
- 2 dashes of bitters
- 2 ounces of cherry juice
Fill a shaker with ice and add the bourbon, vermouth, cherry juice, and bitters.
Again, repeat your vigorous shaking. Hold your shaker tightly so it doesn’t explode. It didn’t happen to me this time, but it has in the past.
Pour into a highball glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a pair of maraschino cherries.
Charles, I don’t know if you can levitate that glass over to you, but you can certainly try.
Now, go grab your BFF/best frenemy, make a toast to seventies fashion, and drink semi-responsibly.