Great Bouncing Icebergs!
After a fun Thanksgiving week spent with family and friends and also feeling slightly under the weather, I took a little break from the blog. But, I am back and ready for this Christmas holiday season to start!
Rourke already has our holiday movies planned out and recorded on the DVR. All we need now is a good cocktail to start our first viewing party of the year!
With that said, we are beginning with a classic, Rankin and Bass, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer! And, we are aiming for a red velvet-flavored cocktail to go with these reindeer games! I’d say it even glows!
Here’s how we made this yummy libation (super easy btw):
We started with this Limited Edition Red Velvet Irish Cream Liqueur, a collaboration with Baileys and Georgetown Cupcake bakery. We chilled ours, but you definitely serve over ice or put in a shaker with ice and strain it. But, you do want it to be chilled!We topped with sweetened whipped cream and a raspberry for the “nose.” You could certainly use any whipped topping of your choice instead. And, that’s it! So easy but yet so delicious!Now for some shiny fun facts about the movie:
- Rudolph was invented for Montgomery Ward by one of their advertising executives, John May, in 1939 for a character in their free holiday coloring books. The next summer, May was widowed with a four-year daughter. In 1947, Montgomery Ward gifted the copyrights of Rudolph to a financially-struggling May.
- The animated movie debuted on CBS television in 1964. The voices were recorded in Toronto by Canadian actors while the animation was being produced in Japan. It took a staggering 18 months to be produced. The animation technique is called Animagic.
- Rudolph was 4 inches tall.
- It took 24 frames to make 1 second of animation.
- The Misfit Doll was depressed, because her original owner discarded her.
- In the original movie, Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon never return to the Island of Misfit Toys like they said they would. This prompted viewers to write angry letters to producers resulting in a new ending change the following year.
- The narrator was originally scheduled to be the same voice as Yukon Cornelius but was later changed to Burl Ives.
- A woman who had worked for Rankin and Bass had been storing the Rudolph movie’s puppets in her attic since the 1970’s. Her children even were allowed to play with them. Rudolph lost his red nose, and Santa lost his eyebrows. The puppets were fully restored after their trip to Antiques Roadshow and are currently showcased at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Johnny Marks wrote “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” among other Christmas classics, like: “I Heard The Bells,” “Silver and Gold,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The kicker was that he was Jewish!!!
FYI…Rudolph airs tonight on CBS at 7 p.m. CST.
Cheers to the holiday season!