Welcome back everyone to another pre-release drink series! This time, we’re covering the (absurdly large) main cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron. We’re so sure Aaron Taylor-Johnson is going to be a kick-ass Quicksilver, we poured out an energy grog for him (and you).
MAXIMOFF SPECIAL HIGHBALL (QUICKSILVER)
- 1 Jigger (2 oz, 60 mL) plum brandy, young or old ***
- 1 gill (4 oz, or 180 mL) Red Bull
- Lemon half-wheel for garniture, notch-cut for rim
- Set a 10.5 oz highball tumbler
- Add 4 1-oz cubes service ice
- Pour brandy in tumbler
- Pour Red Bull in tumbler second to allow drink to mix itself
- Garnish and serve with straw
***Note: Often labeled as Slivovitz. Palincka, Palenka, and other spelling variations can also refer to plum brandy or a number of other fruit brandies
Pietro and Wanda come off very yin-yang to me: necessary for each other, but drastically different. Reading both minds and multiple realities, Scarlet Witch wants everyone to slow down and shut up. On the other hand, Quicksilver’s bored waiting for the world to catch up. He just wants to go fast.
Hence, the Vodka-Red Bull, Vod-bomb, Heart Attack Special, etc, etc. Here, as with his sister, we use plum brandy for that Eastern European kick.
This drink is simple. It’s straightforward and offers little pretense. For bartenders who love craft, myself included, drinks like this are a little underwhelming. Not because it doesn’t taste good, but because it feels like there wasn’t much thought and originality put in. But at the end of the day, that’s not what matters. If someone likes it and has a good time (and judging by the percentage of club sales that are vodka-redbull, that’s a lot of people), the drink is a good drink.
Just remember to pace yourself. You are not Quicksilver. Over several drinks, caffeine overdosing will hurt you. Your heart may explode (figuratively). Proceed with caution.