Aspen Times Weekly Libation: Monty Python and the Stoli Grail

by Michelle Locke for The Associated Press
This Jan. 11, 2016 image shows a cocktail called a Monty Python and the Stoli Grail cocktail with vodka, coconut and pineapple juice in Concord, N.H. The drink, inspired by the film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is the creation of Tim Federle, author of "Gone with the Gin." (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)


Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 1/2 ounces vodka

1 ounce light rum

1 ounce coconut water

2 ounces pineapple juice

Sparkling wine, to serve

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, rum, coconut water and pineapple juice. Shake well, then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with a splash of sparkling wine.

(Recipe adapted from Tim Federle’s “Gone with the Gin,” Running Press, 2015)

Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from “Casablanca” and Agent 007’s dry martinis. So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of the Oscars this year, now might be a good time to get your cocktail act together. And Tim Federle, author of “Gone with the Gin,” has a few ideas about that. From The Moon-Shining — moonshine, ruby red grapefruit juice, rum, that’s right, red rum — to Tequila Sunrise Boulevard (probably best NOT served poolside), the best-selling author has a line-up of cinematically inspired cocktails meant to be shaken, stirred and sipped with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Recipes aren’t just cleverly titled; they also have cunning tie-ins to the films. For example, hibiscus tea in the cocktail Boozy and the Beast echoes the roses of “Beauty and the Beast.” And Citizen Grain, named for the groundbreaking “Citizen Kane,” includes grain alcohol and just a touch of rose water. No promises that drinking it will help you better get to the bottom of the whole, “Rosebud” thing, though.

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