There is almost nothing better than a Whiskey Smash to end your day. It’s just one of the best drinks in the world next to a well-executed Whiskey Sours. A Smash is one of those old classics included in the 1862 guide to mixing drinks that sits on the side of my desk.

When making the first Overwatch menu, I was also playing it heavily. Mei was, and still is, pure evil. So I just had to do a drink based on her. I wanted it to be minty, but mint and AFK have a sorted history. Enter a solution: Cold Spell Whiskey! A Mint Whiskey from 2015ish that tried to fall into the flavored whiskey shot market that Fireball was rampaging. The fact that it was a Mint Whiskey named Cold Spell was handy in lots of cocktails. The problem was, the drink was brownish-yellow. After many back and forths, we just ended up adding a little food coloring to make it blue.

Mei’s Endothermic Smash (Hurricane)

  • 1 1/2 oz Cold Spell Mint Whiskey
  • 2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Three lemon wedges
  • Soda Water fill
  • Blue Food Coloring

In a separate glass, muddle the three lemons, add ice, the whiskey, simple syrup, and one small drop of blue food coloring. Shake with your shaker till frost shows on the metal. Then pour the drink without straining into the Hurricane. Fill with Soda Water and serve.

This drink stuck around on the menu for a few years, but eventually, sales fell, and it went away. However, the cocktail has always been one of my wife’s favorite. She was a huge fan of Cold Spell Whiskey, and I’m sorry to say that it seems Cold Spell Whiskey has gone the way of so many things this year. There are still some bottles in stock when I’m writing this, but I assume it won’t be coming back once those are gone. So we have a different version we make at home.

Mei’s Endothermic Smash Home Version (Pint Glass /w ice)

  • 2 1/2 oz Bourbon
  • 1  oz Simple Syrup
  • 6-11 mint leaves
  • Four lemon wedges
  • Topo Chico Fill

In the Pint Glass before you put in ice, muddle mint and lemon wedges. Add ice, then pour the simple syrup over the ice, followed by the bourbon.  Flip the drink in a shaker (just one or two shakes to mix it) pour the content back into the Pint Glass. Fill with Topo Chico.

That’s it for this From the Archives! See you next time.


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It’s story-time!

Once upon a time, AFK had a Paranoia theme night, and it was epic. That’s right, and it was as strange as you would think it would be. All our TVs had giant eyeballs on them, interrupted by messages from The Computer. If you came in that night, we did not hand you a menu. You instead were asked if you wanted to participate in the theme night. If you chose to play, you were assigned a security clearance and told how many clones your server had. They would then hand you random paperwork. You had to fill out all of this paperwork correctly before your server ran out of clones. This theme was AFK in it’s finest form because there was no menu or way to get one. Just endless paperwork till your sever ran out of clones, and you were then out of the game. At that point, you’d be given a regular menu and thanked for playing.

However, keen players of the game noted all the advertisements for Bouncy Bubble Beverage. This cocktail turned out to be an orderable drink. It was the only drink from the “Tonight in Alpha Complex” menu.

Bouncy Bubble Beverage (Pint Glass /w ice)

  • 1/2 oz Cherry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Orange Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Rasberry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • Fill Sprite & Full Throttle

Now at this point, you might be like, ‘Hey Kayla, the picture you took doesn’t have a pink drink in it?!’ And Friend Computer would tell you that ‘you’re wrong and adjust your input sensors Troubleshooter!’ But you’re right, above is pictured the Ultra Violet Edition of the Bouncy Bubble Beverage. It had a brief special to celebrate the relaunch of Paranoia a few years ago.

Bouncy Bubble Beverage UV Edition (Pint Glass /w ice)

  • 1/2 oz Cherry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Orange Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Blueberry Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
  • Fill Tonic

The tonic is UV reactive, so it’s an enjoyable drink when you have a black light.

Welcome to a new month and a new series? section? category of post? Anyway it’s called the From the Archive: The Lost Drinks! Where I go into some of the short-lived marvels of AFK. I’m in the process of cleaning up the actual physical archive here at home. It’s huge. Beyond the digital, we have every theme menu, print menu, and almost every recipe page ever made at the Tavern. I’m enjoying looking through these so much I thought you all might want to learn about some of them. So let’s explore one of the shortest-lived drinks at AFK! Thanks so much to the humans at my Patreon for making this AFK Afterlife content available.

The Great Maker

On the Pre-Open November 3 drink menu, the last drink on the back page of the menu was a small nod to one of my favorite TV shows: Babylon 5. I thought of making a drink from Makers Mark to reference the “Great Maker.” Sadly, due to the cocktail’s complexity and our business level for the first month, it wouldn’t grace the menu for more than a week. I would replace it with a drink called “The Highlander” that was close, but not the same.
The Great Maker (Pint Glass w/ ice)
  • Two lemon wedges
  • Two lime wedges
  • 4-8 mint leaves
  • 1.5 oz Makers Mark
  • Sugar (1 to .5 oz)
  • Soda Water Fill
Start by adding the lemons, limes, and sugar into a shaker or pint glass. If you don’t feel comfortable adding the sugar before muddling, you can add it after. Muddle them fully till all the juice is out of the fruit. Add the 1.5 oz makers Mark. Fill your glass with ice, then shake with a shaker. Pour the contents into a Pint glass (you can use the same one.) Fill with soda, and give it a small stir. Enjoy!
You may at first see the Limes and mint and think Mojito! But With the lemons, mint, and whiskey, it’s also related to a Smash. However, Lemons and Limes make sours, so we could call this a fizzy mint whiskey sour if we wanted to. Anyway you label it, it’s a fantastic drink for a warm day, or if you’re like me on a cold night.

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