Movie cocktails: Avengers-themed drinks for your Marvel movie pleasure

With Avengers: Endgame hitting cinemas and rounding off the narrative of a 22-film story arc while simultaneously giving a send-off to at lest some of Marvel's major cast members, I'm celebrating with a series of Avengers-themed cocktails.

So, if like me, and your interests lie squarely in the middle of the intersection of the superheroes vs alcohol venn diagram, then you may be interested in my uniquely created Marvel recipes below. Serve them at Avengers viewing parties! Use them to toast another astonishing film success! Drink them to drown your inevitable sorrows during Endgame's most emotional moments.

Or just look at the pictures and raise an eyebrow at the questionable use of my son's favourite toys as props for my drink shots. Either way, AVENGERS COCKTAILS ASSEMBLE!

Man Out Of Time (Captain America)

3/4oz Brooklyn Gin
3/4oz Blue Curacao
3/4oz Cocchi Americano
1oz Lemon Juice
Absinthe rinse
Egg White

Method: Rinse the glass with Absinthe, and then shake the rest of the ingredients,first without ice and then again with ice. Strain into the coupe and garnish with crumbled frozen raspberries.
It makes sense to start with The First Avenger. For Captain America, the super soldier who crashed-landed in the Arctic in 1945 and thought dead, only to be thawed out in the present day, it made sense to make a riff on the classic Corpse Reviver cocktail.

I’ve used Brooklyn Gin as a base in a nod to Steve Rogers’ home area, and some Cocchi Americano Bianco because, well, ‘Americano’. The most important thing with any Captain America cocktail though is to get the colour scheme right.

Hulk Smash (Hulk)

12 Basil Leaves
2oz. Green Chartreuse
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2oz Sugar Syrup

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and fine-strain over crushed ice. Garnish with more basil.
This is a cocktail based around Marvel’s not-so-jolly green giant, the Hulk. Whereas some of my other drinks contain ingredients that are clever nods and references to the theme, this one is simple: everything’s green.

Most importantly, at the heart of it all is a base of Green Chartreuse, acting as the gamma radiation in this cocktail’s specs. Oh, and the whole recipe is based on a standard formula for a smash cocktail, obviously.

Red In My Ledger (Black Widow)

1.25oz Russian Standard Vodka
3/4oz Creme De Mure
1/2oz Lime Juice
Ginger Beer
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Method: Build the first three ingredients in a tall glass with ice and stir. Top with the ginger beer and more ice, then float the Bitters and garnish with blackberries.
This long drink is created in tribute to Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow. I’ve built it around Russian Standard Vodka, as a nod to her Russian background, with some fiery ginger beer and, of course, some blackberry liqueur. Most important though is the Peychaud’s Bitters float to represent the quote above.

Then I’ve positioned it all next to my son’s figure, which really pushes the boundaries of Scarlett Johansson’s likeness rights.

Eyes Up High (Hawkeye)

2oz Aviation Gin
1/2oz Archers
1/2oz Violet Liqueur
1/2oz Lemon Juice
1/4oz Sugar Syrup
1/4oz water

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with lemon peel skewered on an arrow.
Poor old Hawkeye doesn’t get any representation in my son’s toy box, so out comes an appropriate cocktail pick instead.

Hawkeye also gets some short thrift in the films and it’s easy to see why: “Ok, look, the city is flying, we're fighting an army of robots, and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense.”

For this drink, it made sense to take inspiration from Hawkeye’s frequent strategic positioning in the films, always “up in his nest” providing “eyes up high”. So this is a riff on an Aviation cocktail, made with Aviation Gin, and some Creme de Violette to provide a little costume colour. Also, I had to include a little - what else - Archers Peach Schnapps.

Asgard As It Gets (Thor)

45ml Lindisfarne Mead
25ml Ragnarok Gin
15ml lemon juice
15ml triple sec
10ml popcorn syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
This one is clearly in honour of the Avengers’ resident space viking. This is actually a recipe I put together a couple of years ago for the release of Thor: Ragnarok, but like the God Of Thunder himself for that film, I opted for a bit of an image update.

For the ingredients, I based this around Thor’s original tipple of choice, mead, but also included some Ragnarok Gin (but of course), and a touch of Popcorn Syrup to give it some real blockbuster flavour.

Iron Manhattan (Iron Man)

1.5oz Maker's Mark Bourbon
1oz Cherry Brandy
1tsp Mezcal
1/2 tsp Gold Glimmer Sugar Syrup
2 dashes Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters

Method: Stir all ingredients with ice and garnish with three brandied cherries.
And now we come to the guy who started it all. The evolution of The Avengers rests squarely on Tony Stark's shoulders, just as the success of Marvel Studios rests squarely on Robert Downey Jr's.

For this drink, I knew I wanted to create a Manhattan riff just for the name-pun, but I actually ended up tweaking a recipe I found in the Death And Company recipe book for a drink called Red Ant. And this led me to allow for a little cameo in my pic above.

In my version though, I swapped out the rye for Maker's Mark in a nod to Tony Stark building his Mark I-85+ armour suits, and added in a little gold shine, which I made by creating sugar syrup from gold glimmer baking sugar.

Wakanda Forever (Black Panther)

1.5oz Vodka
3/4oz Lemon Juice
1/2oz Cynar
1/2oz Creme De Violette
Egg White

Method: Dry shake all ingredients, then add ice and shake again. Strain into a coupe glass and add five 'clawed' drops of Angostura Bitters for garnish.
While we're here, I might as well include my Black Panther cocktail created for my range of Oscartails this year.

There's a little Creme De Violette for a flash of cool purple, but the real key here is the artichoke-based herbal liqueur Cynar, representing the Wakandan plant known as the Heart-Shaped Herb that gives the Black Panther his powers.
So there we go. Here's to another 50 years or more of Marvel superhero films. There may even be cause to do another round of these drinks as new characters get introduced.

Or, who knows, I might end up rounding this selection out with the more peripheral characters. I mean, where would I even start with Vision?

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