Continuing our countdown until Big Hero 6, we make a drink fit for the big guy that is Baymax.
Baymax Apple Blow
1 Jigger (2 oz) milk
1 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp. sugar (white granulated or superfine)
1 Jigger (2 oz) apple brandy (distilled hard cider)
1 Gill (4 oz, or 1/2 cup) applesauce
Nutmeg grated for garniture
Chill a hurricane goblet (capacity 15 oz.)
Blend appx. 2 cups of ice down to 1.5 cups crushed ice
Combine all ingredients in blender, pulse to slush-smooth consistency
Fill goblet, garnish with grated nutmeg
Welcome back to our countdown to Big Hero 6, where we’ll be going through each team member with a drink! Now, while my first preference is to take an preexisting drink and reconstruct it, I’m settling for something that I feel represents their personalities or tastes and what they would drink (if they were into alcohol), rather than something that say, looks exactly like them (without naming a few sites)… Now, we don’t have a lot of material to go on for any of these characters, so I’m going to be running entirely off of a) knowledge from their official character bios and released images, b) trailers and TV spots, and c) extrapolations from some of the general info floating around from the old comic miniseries from 2008 that Disney appears to be blending with original content and the first team.
“Hello, I am Baymax. Tadashi programmed me to heal the sick and injured.”
Baymax is Big Hero 6’s flagship character, so much so that some of the foreign releases are titling the film “Baymax”. Programmed by Hiro’s older brother Tadashi as a healthcare companion, Baymax is a gentle giant. He possesses a fantastically strong robot chassis inside an inflatable vinyl shell for a soft, “truly huggable design”. Presumably this is so he can handle physically frail and delicate patients, like the medical robots being pioneered in real life as caretakers for Japan’s elderly, but this robot gets a whole lot tougher in carbon fiber armor. With all of this, Baymax is still a cheerful and naive personality. Plus, voiced by 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit, I fully hope and expect that he’ll be as funny as Drax and as lovable as Groot.
Riffing off of the healthcare companion thing, we started playing with “healthy” drink components. Milk does the body good, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away, or so the adage goes. With dairy as part of the flavor consideration, type selection moved into possets, the drinks thickened with dairy/egg/coconut-cream type ingredients. A blow (a hard milkshake or posset including actual fruit/juice) was clear, as we wanted to incorporate some fruit as well. In the end, we decided this drink was best blended. This worked in our favor partly to keep the drink from putting the liquor too far forward, partly to allow the dairy to stretch and keep the drink fairly white, and also to reflect Baymax’s large nature.
It’s worth noting here that the recipe is calling for apple brandy. This is not a blend of grapes and apples that has been distilled, together or separately. This is apple wine (known in the West as cider) that’s been distilled. If you’ve heard of historical recipes calling for “applejack”, this is basically the same stuff. The difference between the historical applejack and modern apple brandy is the method of concentration. Historical applejack used a method called freeze distillation or freeze-jacking, which removed water and concentrated the alcohol, but also kept some particularly unpleasant compounds in the drink that a heated distillation through a still (like modern apple brandy, or the French product Calvados since its inception) would not. Run through a still, apple brandy can be a great product. Nowadays, U.S. labelling law places few restrictions on the term applejack, however, and the main products you see by that name like “Laird’s Applejack” are only 35% apple spirit, blended with other things. Laird’s products labelled apple brandy, on the other hand, are all 100% apple. We recommend the bonded/bottled-in-bond product rather than the 7.5 year aged expression, mostly because it’s much lower price justifies mixing into a lot of milk. The higher proof helps keep the flavor present even going into this size of drink, as well.
The Baymax Apple Blow is a large drink. Even assuming you’re not lactose-intolerant it will probably take some time to finish, certainly more time than the rest of the team drinks. Perhaps that’s to be expected, as we’ve seen Baymax explicitly warn Hiro. “I am not fast.”
(If you are lactose intolerant, this drink will probably register as an enemy. Do not engage.)