A Themed Drink for The Dimension Door Podcast, Season 1 Episode 18
It has been a long while since I did a proper entry in my Dressing Up Drinks series here on Briarbook Lane, and I felt it was only fitting to revisit one of the drinks I created to commemorate an episode of the Pathfinder 1E Actual-Play podcast in which I play a part.
A little over a year ago, I created a very complex spectacle of a cocktail in honor of a very complex spectacle of an episode. Season 1 Episode 18 of The Dimension Door Podcast is one of our most memorable episodes, and I hope that the cocktail creation inspired by it is similarly memorable. You can read more about what inspired this cocktail below, or skip straight to the recipe.
The Sentinel cocktail is named for the High Sentinel Lodge, where the events of Episode 18 of The Dimension Door Podcast take place, and for the fact that those events occur while one of the characters (the hired gun, Valdeen) is standing sentinel over the rest of his sleeping party. Alternatively, you could call this drink the Molten Fey.
To avoid spoilers, skip to the recipe.
For those of you who have already listened to The Dimension Door Podcast up through Season 1 Episode 18, or those who do not mind some spoilers from that episode: All of the elements of this cocktail were carefully selected in honor of the characters and events involved.
This is a spectacle of a drink in which the three carefully-arranged and peaceful layers are, much like the three sleepers in the episode, roughly interrupted. The characters in this episode have their rest disturbed by a combat full of blood, chaos, fire, and a chilling realization; the layers of this cocktail are interrupted first by the molten orb spell-inspired flaming sugar cube and then again when ice is added and the drink is stirred.
I selected grenadine both to evoke the spilling of blood with its deep crimson hue, and to remind of the sweetness of the Gundersons (everyone's favorite ratfolk couple) with its flavor. The orange juice adds to the fiery color palette of the drink and brightens the mix with a splash of citrus evocative of the type of bright, warm weather--and bright, hot spells--preferred by the summer witch, Vasilisa Morozova. The rye whiskey stands in for the gunslinger, Valdeen, who has a wry demeanor and carries a flask of whiskey. The absinthe represents the fey involved in the combat, and the lighting the absinthe-soaked sugar cube is reminiscent of using the spell molten orb against them.
This is a presentation cocktail; watching the process crafting the cocktail is an important part in enjoying it. Build this drink in front of the person to whom it will be served, and allow them to appreciate the appearance of the cocktail through the steps involved.
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Elizabeth Wilcox. Writer, Avid Role-Player, Amateur Mixologist. Survivor.