Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac (2007) is a David Fincher film about the Zodiac attacks and murders that terrorized the San Francisco area during the early 1970's. The movie focuses on the role of Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhall) who is a cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle and becomes an amateur detective while investigating the murders. Graysmith would pen the book Zodiac (1986) highlighting who he thought the killer was.

Chronicle reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr) and Graysmith are in a bar discussing the particulars of the case (among other things) when Avery focuses his attention on the almost neon blue colored drink that sits in front of Goldsmith. When Avery asks what that drink is, Graysmith tells him that it's an Aqua Velva (like the old school aftershave for those of you who are too young to remember Aqua Velva).

Graysmith then proceeds to tell him "You wouldn't make fun of it if you tried it". Avery reluctantly tries it.

In the next scene, the focus shifts to four empty hurricane glasses being bussed.

The table is left with two empty glasses and with each character finishing one off.

I guess Avery liked it after all. Here is the generally agreed upon recipe for an Aqua Velva. Though you can also add tequila and rum to make it a sort of a Blue Long Island Iced Tea type drink.
Aqua Velva
3/4 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. gin
1/4 oz. Sprite
1/2 oz blue curaçao
1/2 oz. Sprite (Top)

Shake vodka, gin, blue curaçao and Sprite with ice. Pour/strain into glass and top off with Sprite. Cocktail umbrella optional.
Now I know there are many websites out there that have covered the Aqua Velva cocktail, but I have an edge. I have someone who will drink the cocktail and let me know how it is. The Famous Mayor of Bleecker Street Bar: The Kahuna!!!!

For his I used Rum and Tequila instead of Vodka and Gin. Why? To be honest, I don't know. I do know that the Mayor is drinking rum as of late. What did he think of it? Like the famous Mikey of the Chex commercials: He likes it. The fact that it had well Tequila and he didn't mind it (unlike the last time he was served well Tequila). He said it was quite tasty.

With that I leave you with an old Aqua Velva ad with Marilyn Monroe as the spokeswoman. Why? Well, why the hell not. Its Marilyn after all. Enough said. Makes you want to become an Aqua Velva Man just for the hell of it. ;) Enjoy.

Until Then Happy Drinking,
Sisco Vanilla