Lavish Libations Series

First Edition


*This post is dedicated to Scott Collins, our favorite mixologist!

When we were in New Orleans this past spring, I was shopping for a few birthday gifts, and we found a unique shop off of Royal Street.  I found a ton of great gifts, including this cocktail book, I ended keeping for myself.



As I actually sat down and started reading the book, I was CRACKING UP!!  Tim, the author, is not only extremely witty, but very creative, too.  This book would make a great house-warming gift for a libations lover.  He also has two other books, Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist, and Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist.


The book is based on movies.  The book begins with this introduction.


The beginning is very informative about what as far as tools and liquors you need on hand to make these drinks.  He also gives great advice on making simple syrups and garnishes.


He then divides the chapters into Dramas, Comedies, Thrillers, Musicals, Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Movie Munchies.  The illustrations are very interesting, too!



In each chapter, he chooses several movies that pertain to that particular drama.  He gives an excerpt of the movie and then a boozy concoction to go with it.


So, I asked Rourke if he wanted to rent a movie and make a cocktail to go with it.  He was on board, and we decided upon the above, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

I looked everywhere for the movie but could not locate it.  I looked up the local library’s website, and they had it.  So, I went and checked it out, hitting the liquor store on my way back.  I couldn’t wait for this unorthodox movie night!

Tim’s recipe called for lychee juice and a lychee nut.  I hit Shreveport/Bossier high and low in search of lychee products to no avail.  So I used guava juice and lime instead.


Tim also said to use a highball glass.  Not fancy enough for me.  I had these goblets that reminded me of something Indie would find on his trail.  Tim mentioned in the beginning of the book to squeeze lime around your glasses and rim with Tang.  So, I tried this for this drink and when we make margaritas.  We love it!


Then you fill glasses with ice, and add ingredients one at a time.  When we made the first time, we thought the 4 oz. of ginger ale watered it down too much.  We wanted more of the fruit flavors, so we adjusted with just a splash of ginger ale instead.


Tim said to garnish with a lychee nut, which looks like an eyeball, and a gummy worm, which mimics all the snakes in the movie.  Like I said, no found lychee nuts, so we just had the gummy worms.


Here’s the final recipe.  It reminds me of a Hurricane, but without all the alcohol.  We all agreed that we would definitely add this to our repertoire.

Indiana Jones and The Shirley Temple Of Doom

(makes 1 drink)


1 1/2 ounces of tequila

1 ounce unsweetened guava juice

1 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice

ginger ale


gummy worm


Rim glass with lime.  Dip glass rim on top of a plate with Tang in it.  Fill glass with ice.  Pour tequila and juices in glass.  Top off glass with ginger ale and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with gummy worm.


As far as the movie, I did’t realize that it was written by George Lucas, produced by James Marshall, directed by Steven Spielberg, and music composed by John Williams.  If that’s not a Fab Four powerhouse team, I don’t know what is.

I also forgot how funny Kate Capshaw was in it.  Rourke, who is always filled with random trivia facts (fyi don’t play Trivial Pursuit with him, you’ll lose), said Steven left his wife after this movie for Kate.  Plus, he had to pay the ex-wife a heap of money!

I also forgot how handsome Harrison Ford was, too.  Rourke also added that Harrison had to go to Hawaii for a month to train 6 1/2 hours a day for the movie. It paid off!

All in all, we had a fun night watching an “oldie but goodie,” while drinking a new liquid refreshment!

Be looking for our next edition to this series…. I think you’re going to LOVE it!!

(Also, if any of you find lychee juice, please let me know where it actually exists.  I am very curious.)








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