Siglocktail 09-28-2020: the Painkiller

Here we are the end of September, with our last rum drink for the month.

This week’s Siglocktail is the Painkiller.

The Painkiller was created at a swim up bar in the British Virgin Islands called the Soggy Dollar Bar. (Since it was a swim up bar, cash was always wet!) I love this drink for it’s simplicity and scalability: a perfect mix of fruit juices that adjusts to different amounts of rum and still tastes delicious.

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PAINKILLER RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2-ounces (60 ml) Pusser’s Rum
  • 4-ounces (120 ml) pineapple juice
  • 1-ounce (30 ml) orange juice
  • 1-ounce (30 ml) cream of coconut
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  • Pour into a big glass or goblet filled with ice.
  • Grate fresh nutmeg on top.

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NOCTURNAL Throwback Episode #34

Bone Head, one of Marie’s Children, is in some deep trouble as detectives Bryan Clauser and Pookie Chang take him back to the Jessup’s house. Saviour is rescued but in bad shape. Black Mr. Burns and Mr. Biz-Nass are on their way, as well.

Meanwhile, mob leaders Frank Lanza and Dmitri Vasilov better get to the docks because Police Chief Amy Zou is waiting, and that chick ain’t playin’.

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Siglocktail 09-21-2020: Mai Tai

Hoo! My favorite type of rum drinks to close out September: tiki drinks!

This week’s Siglocktail is such a classic: the Mai Tai! If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing a great tiki bar, you’ve loved this drink! Let’s make one together.

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NOCTURNAL Throwback Episode #33

San Francisco police chief Amy Zou is living a nightmare. Monsters led by a thirteen-year-old boy killed her husband and kidnapped her twin daughters. Now she must arrange a meeting between mob leaders Dmitri Vasilov and Frank Lanza, or her daughters will suffer the consequences.

Detectives Pookie Chang and Bryan Clauser are trying to deal with a major loss. At the same time, everyone gathers at the Jessup home to decide their next move.

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Siglocktail 09-14-2020: El Floridita Daiquiri

Y’all, this might be my favorite rum drink yet! Well balanced, so tasty, and with a GREAT story!

This week’s Siglocktail is the El Floridita daiquiri! Made with just a few very precisely measured ingredients.

Plus, there’s a literary variation on this yummy drink: Ernest Hemingway enjoyed this drink many-a-time at the El Floridita in Havana, Cuba. But, being Hemingway, he made a few modifications, including adding a couple glugs more rum to the glass.

Recipe below for both versions of this lovely cocktail! If you have a bit more time, watch the video to see how to make this delish drink and it’s Hemingway glow up!

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EL FLORIDITA RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or simple syrup (or less, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur

To make the Hemingway version, add these ingredients:

  • 1 additional ounce of white rum
  • 1/4 additional ounce of lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  • If using granulated sugar, stir to dissolve it in the lime juice before adding the other ingredients.
  • Fill shaker with ice.
  • Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a thin slice of lime.

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NOCTURNAL Throwback Episode #32

Aggie James, the homeless man kidnapped by Marie’s Children, was ordered by Hilary to deliver a special baby to a good home. When he’s arrested and taken to San Francisco General Hospital, he knows he is in major trouble.

Sub chief Sean Robertson is in the middle of a frame job on Bryan. Pookie suspects more bad things to come. Time to get everyone to safety. Will they be fast enough? Monsters are knocking on Robyn Hudson’s door.

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Siglocktail 09-08-2020: Mojito

September, also known as Rum Month at SIGLERinPLACE!

This week’s Siglocktail is the Mojito! Bright, bubbly, and refreshing. Perfect for this super hot Southern California week. (It’s almost 100 degrees today, which is pretttttty hot for this town!)

In the video, I mention that the mojito is the national drink of Cuba, but I think it might be one of several! (The Libre, made of rum, cola and lime is another.) Whatever the truth, it’s delicious in warm weather and perfect for late summer!

Recipe below in case you want the quickest route to this tasty drink! If you have a bit more time, watch the video to see how to make this delish drink directly in the glass!

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MOJITO RECIPE:
Ingredients:

    • 10 mint leaves
    • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste (I use 2.5 teaspoons in mine!)
    • 1 cup ice cubes
    • 1 1/2 oz white rum
    • ½ cup club soda

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Place mint leaves and 4 lime wedges into a sturdy glass.
  • Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice.
  • Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar to taste.
  • Muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture.
  • Fill the glass almost to the top with ice.
  • Pour the rum over the ice.
  • Top the glass with carbonated water.
  • Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired.
  • Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.

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NOCTURNAL Throwback Episode #31

San Francisco homicide detective Pookie Chang visits a fresh murder scene and waits on a call from John “Black Mr. Burns” Smith. Bryan Clauser, Alder Jessup and Adam Jessup just rescued Jebediah Erikson, “the Saviour,” from an attack at the hospital. Firstborn, the former leader of Marie’s Children, attacked the San Francisco morgue, literally killing for information on Robyn Hudson.

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Siglocktail 09-01-2020: Dark and Stormy

Week two of our video tutorial! Plus, it’s a new month, so we’re starting with a new spirit! September is rum month!

Our SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails this week is a Dark and Stormy. It’s the first cocktail we’ve had on SIGLERinPLACE that is made in the glass it’s served it!

Legend has it this drink was created in Bermuda sometime after World War I, and took it’s name from a sailor’s commentary that the drink’s color was reminiscent of a storm cloud “only a fool or a dead man” would sail under.

Recipe below in case you want the quickest route to this tasty drink! If you have a bit more time, watch the video to see how to layer this drink in the glass, which is how it’s meant to be served.

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DARK AND STORMY RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2 oz — 4 oz dark rum
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • ~ 8 oz ginger beer
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Pour ginger beer into glass with ice
  • Pour fresh lime juice gently on top of ice and ginger beer
  • Pour dark rum over the back of a spoon resting just at the top of the liquid in the glass.
  • Add a lime wedge garnish and straw to glass
  • Serve layered

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NOCTURNAL Throwback Episode #30

Firstborn leads an attack on the city morgue. After seeing her husband murdered in front of her, San Francisco police chief Amy Zou tries to get her twins back. Suspended San Francisco homicide detective Bryan Clauser, along with Alder and Adam Jessup, head to the hospital to rescue Jebediah Erikson, also known as “The Saviour.” Things do not go according to plan.

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Siglocktail 08-25-2020: Italian Lemon Drop (Plus bonus variation at the end!)

Changing things up a bit this week with a video tutorial! I’m still on my vodka kick, since it’s still hot and now humid as well in Southern California.

Our SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails this week is an Italian Lemon Drop. This is similar to the ever popular lemon drop martini from the 80s/90s cocktail craze.

Recipe below in case you want the quickest route to this tasty drink! If you have a bit more time, watch the video until the end to learn a bit more about the 19th Century variation — the crusta. Fun presentation for a yummy drink!

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and this week we’re going to try not making the drink on the live stream since we’ve got this video. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

ITALIAN LEMON DROP RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz limoncello
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Combine and shake all ingredients together with ice
  • Strain into a martini glass

Yummy variations:

If you want to try the crusta (seen in the picture above!):

  • Make a wide sugar crust on the rim of a champagne flute, using a lemon wedge to prime the rim, and superfine sugar. Allow to dry completely.
  • Fill sugar rimmed glass two thirds full with your cocktail.
  • Add two drops of orange or aromatic bitters
  • Take extra-wide section of lemon peel (1.5 inches wide and 5 inches long) and set inside the rim of the glass so it’s half inside the rim and half protruding above it.
  • Serve. The drinker should push the rind into the flute to access the sugar rim.

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NOCTURNAL Throwback Episode #29

Bryan Clauser, Alder Jessup, and Adam Jessup are driving towards the hospital to rescue Jebediah Erikson, also known as “The Saviour.” On the way to the hospital, the Jessups get Bry-Bry all geared up for the gun show. Bryan refuses to don the cloak of the Saviours, but Adam had something else for him to wear…

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Siglocktail 08-18-2020: Mint-Ginger Caipiroska … spritzer? (Plus variations!)

Continuing our vodka recipes this month, and the heat of summer has finally come to Southern California, so now I’m all about a summery, refreshing cocktail.

Our SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails this week is a Caipiroska! This is a spiritual sister to Brazil’s national drink, the Caipirinha. Where the caipirinha is made with cachaça (a Brazilian rum variant) our caipiroska is made with vodka. Traditionally, it’s made with fresh lime, sugar and vodka, but I’m adding fresh ginger and mint to brighten things up. I’m also adding some ginger beer to make this a bit less alcoholic, and perfect for sipping during the hottest part of the day.

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night at 6pm PST and I’ll make this drink just as our show starts. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

MINT GINGER CAIPIROSKA RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 5 mint sprigs
  • 4 ounces vodka (I used Blue Ice)
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Muddle ginger with sugar in a glass.
  • Add mint sprigs. Muddle until fragrant.
  • Add vodka, ginger beer and ice.
  • Garnish with mint.
  • Stir.

Yummy variations:

  • If you have ginger syrup, you can add that instead of the sugar and sliced fresh ginger.
  • If you’re daring and have had a great garden this summer, try basil or cilantro instead of mint!
  • If you’re missing a bit of tartness, add a half ounce of lemon juice!

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NOCTURNAL Throwback Episode #28

Things have gotten messy in the investigation of a series of brutal murders. Bryan and Pookie now suspect the shadowy, centuries-old cult known as Marie’s Children to be behind the killings. Most of the victims fall into one of two categories: organized crime figures or someone associated with high school sophomore and social outcast Rex Deprovdechuk.

A confrontation with Jebediah Erikson, also known as “The Savior,” has put the man in the hospital, and let Bryan and Pookie see Erikson’s basement full of stuffed monstrosities. These monsters turned out to be real, not fakes — genetic analysis revealed that these monsters and the killers in the Deprovdechuk murders had the same mother.

Finding out his whole life has been a lie, Bryan confronts the man he’s known as his father. But not receiving the desired answers, Bryan then seeks out Alder Jessup, the man who made weapons for The Savior.

Rex turned out to be Marie’s Children’s prophesied leader. He has set out on a plan to take over all the organized crime in San Francisco. Rex has a dream, a dream where his people can walk the night streets, hunting their ancient prey — humanity.

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THE VAST OF NIGHT

StorySmack Episode #53

THE VAST OF NIGHT review on StorySmack

Scott and A chat about this killer indie flick directed by Andrew Patterson. It’s available on Amazon Prime.

THE VAST OF NIGHT synopsis:
Two high school kids, Everett (Jake Horowitz) and Fay (Sierra McCormick), leave the game and walk across the deserted town to their nighttime jobs. He hosts a nightly radio show, and she mans the town switchboard. Once ensconced at their jobs, they realize something strange is going on.

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