Big Hero 6 is out today, and if you’re looking for something to get the party started, check out our 6 drink series inspired by the characters of the movie!
Disney has been making Marvel properties awesome now for half a decade, and as far as I’m concerned they’ve done spectacularly every time. When I heard they were going to be bringing an obscure Tokyo-focused property and adapting it with their animation team, I got really, really excited. Super speed, Kaiju and big robots on the same stage, what could be better?
The team approached the Big Hero 6 drinks with a few things in mind:
- A drink per team member
- 6 bottles that aren’t impossible to find, nor too expensive to entertain with
- A menu weighted to appeal to a crowd and cover bases for entertaining
And for your shopping lists, the 6 bottles are:
- Pisco Brandy-
- We used Barsol Quebranta. Potential upgrades include Barsol Acholado or Campo De Encanto.
- Apple Brandy-
- We used Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy. Potential upgrades include Laird’s 7 year Apple Brandy. (Calvados, while made of the same material, has a much smoother and delicate flavor that isn’t entirely relevant. Also, usually way more expensive.)
- London Dry Gin-
- We used Bombay Sapphire East. Potential downgrades include Beefeater or Bombay Sapphire. Potential Upgrades include Tanqueray Malacca or Berry Bros. No. 3 Gin.
- Peated Malt Whisk(e)y-
- We used Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year. Potential upgrades include Yamazaki 12, or any single malt Scotch whisky of choice. Potential downgrades include Speyburn 10, or way down there, Jameson/Chivas Regal
- Curacao Liqueur (Triple Sec)-
- We used Luxardo Triplum. Potential upgrades include Gabriel Boudier Triple Sec Curacao or Cointreau.
- Creme de Cafe-
- We used Kahlua (original). Potential downgrades include Tia Maria. Potential upgrades include St. Georges Firelit Coffee Liqueur.
These bottles don’t correspond 1:1 with a particular character. The gin was used for both of the older guys, Pisco was used for both Honey and Hiro, and the whisky was used for both Hiro and Gogo. Nevertheless, these 6 bottles are product types that are worth having on the shelves whether or not you end up making these drinks. These products are also mostly the most affordable we could find at good quality or better, the “entry-level” of buy it for life.
We’ll admit that the one reach product in the lineup is the Nikka Taketsuru, which price-wise far outclasses the other products at around $50 retail in southern CA. We selected it to fully commit to using Japanese malt whisky, but Scotch and even some Irish whisky would fit in just as nicely. For Hiro/San Fransokyo, you want to find one labeled “malt” from those countries, as it means there’s no neutral grain (essentially vodka) spirit diluting the flavor. For Gogo’s flip, the egg and the coffee provide enough interest that if you really wanted to cut costs, you could consider going with a “blended” whisky from those countries, which is cheaper because of that neutral spirit mixed in.
Having access to all of these drinks should cover anyone coming in wanting a “cocktail”. For those looking for something “light”, “girly”, or “fun”, Honey Lemon has you covered. Baymax also went over swimmingly with our test audience, with the exception of one person who did not like soft/cooked fruit (apple/pear) flavors before going in. Gogo and Fred are good for the people who don’t really want to taste the alcohol, Fred especially. Gogo and Wasabi are also good for the alternative, “give me something different” crowd who want a change from the various “martinis” seen everywhere. The snobby-cocktail and “old-fashioned” crowd will enjoy Hiro once they taste it, after some of them get over the shock and ‘sacrilege’ of mixing with malt (Scotch) whisky.
We hope you’ve had fun following these drinks and the superheros of the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. Just don’t drink and d(e)rive, kids.
Baymax Apple Blow
Hiro Hamada San Fransokyo Cocktail
Gogo Tamago Hoverbike Flip
Honey Lemon’s Power Purse Punch
Wasabi (-no-Ginger) Red Slicer
Fred Firebreath Highball