Marvelus Drink Recipe – Civil War


Ingredients – Serves 2


  • 1 pony(1 oz, or 30mL) Bartenders (Key) lime juice
  • 1 Jigger (2 oz, or 60mL) total young light rum (Matusalem Platino used here) + curacao triple sec liqueur (Luxardo Triplum used here), recommended ratio 1.5 oz rum + 0.5 oz triple sec
  • 1 tsp(5mL) grenadine
  • ~1.5 cup ice


  • 1 pony (1 oz, or 30mL) sweetened condensed milk (Eagle brand used here)
  • 1 shot
  • 1 Jigger (2 oz, or 60mL) total young light rum (Matusalem Platino used here) + flowered curacao liqueur (Marie Brizard Parfait Amour used here), recommended ratio 1.5 oz rum + 0.5 oz parfait amour
  • 1 snit (3 oz, or 90mL) pineapple juice
  • ~1.5 cup ice


  1. Set out 2 16 oz pint glasses
  2. Cut a cross section of the glasses from thick paper or cardstock (a glossy paper plate works fine)
  3. Make small cuts to adjust fit until it sits as tight as possible against glass walls and floor
  4. Blend ingredients of “Red” together and set aside
  5. Clean blender
  6. Blend ingredients of “Blue” together
  7. Holding divider tightly against glass with one hand, pour Red into one half of glass
  8. Working quickly, pour Blue into other half along side of the glass
  9. Repeat steps 7-8 with other pint glass
  10. Slowly and carefully lift divider out of drink straight up

Two households, both alike in dignity,
With fair Avengers, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.~ Marvel Shakespeare?

Brother against brother, hero against hero, (Spiderman against himself), Civil War is one of the most iconic multiseries comic events of all time, finally inspiring a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe coming in 2016. How do we distill that mood into a glass?

Civil War Cover

Potential spoilers ahead: Captain America and Iron Man, brothers-in-arms on the Avengers, disagree about a piece of regulation and form two opposing sides. Both have their perspectives and their reasons. Both arguments have valid points. Their conflict, however, wreaks massive destruction and some very personal losses. This is the core of the story, and therefore the core of the drink. These drinks need to be compatible on many levels: they should taste good together in a glass. They should feel thematically similar. And, if we’re considering it’s the Captain of America vs. Capitalism at it’s finest, Iron Man, this drink should be American as they come. So we turn to a drink style that might be surprising….Tiki drinks.

Tiki bars, with all of their island imagery and lap steel guitars, seem the essence of the Pacific islands. However, while Tiki does refer to several figures in various Pacific island mythologies, as well as carved statues thereof, tiki /bars/ were established in the early 1930s by Don Beach in Hollywood. His version of tiki caught on as a form of luxury escapism. And we mean luxury, like fancy suit and tie just to get in the door. These bars and restaurants by Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic and others were celebrity hotspots using premium spirits, mixers, and garnishes out the door. Eventually tastes and the economy changed, and only those kitschy places who could operate on the cheap survived, until a revival began in the late 90s up through today. Nevertheless, the tiki mindset yielded drinks that were, in their own way, expressly American.

A little more upscale than oversized Hawaiian shirts and short shorts, eh?

A little more upscale than oversized Hawaiian shirts and short shorts, eh?

Now, this drink isn’t full on tiki, which involves a much more kitchen-sink-exotica approach to flavor building, but each half of this does descend from those roots. First of all, both sides are based on mild, light rum and curacao orange peel liqueur. The Iron Man half is based on the more familiar clear triple-sec variety, and the Cap half is based on parfait amour, which is a curacao liqueur steeped in flower petals. From this bottle descends the brighter dyed “blue curacao” drinks. In here we also go with tart lime for the punch rather than a milder lemon on the red side, and using it at such high amounts (an oz per 2oz liquor) necessitates sweetness from both the triple sec and the grenadine which lends redness. In general, the Red half is related to a Hurricane, or a blended Daquiri, or a really simplified Zombie. Blue Half? That’s very much a Blue Hawaiian, what with its pineapple and coconut. All together, lime, rum, orange, pineapple, coconut? A winning combo.

Brizard Parfait Amour

This is the kind of bottle you’re looking for.

Now, the separation requires two things, really. A very well cut divider for your glass, and very cold drinks. Cut and trim a little at a time and test often. If the divider doesn’t fit well, the drinks will blend into each other as the second one is poured along the sides or the bottom as it flows through the gaps. This can be assuaged a bit by using these drinks quickly after blending with ice, as when they’re still fairly cold slush, rather than liquid, they’ll be more willing to stay put.

**By the way, we just submitted this recipe to Loot Crate for their Marvelus Contest in their “Best Blended Drink” category! If you like what we do, please vote for this and our other submissions (tagged Marvelus here and Nerd.Bar) at this link. **

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