Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) w/Our Fair City

young sherlock holmes

Greetings, listeners! Sorry about the long wait, but this just means you’ll get two episodes this week! Ryan Bond of Our Fair City joins us to talk about 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes, written by Chris Columbus and directed by Barry “Men in Black” Levinson. Taking a Muppet Babies approach to literature’s greatest detective, the film follows tween Sherlock and Watson as they solve a supernatural mystery involving a mysterious Egyptian cult, as well as solving the mystery of their changing bodies and his newfound interest in girls.

Columbus’ footprints are all over this, as the movie plays out much like the first two Harry Potter movies (complete with a blonde bully for Sherlock). Still, we found it tremendously charming, and we’ve got some drinking rules and a custom cocktail to wash down all the adolescent intrigue!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Silly Bear Riddle

young sherlock holmes cocktailThis drink, inspired by the Napoleon (since Moriarty is the “Napoleon of Crime”), switches out the gin for brandy to make it a bit more medicinal to fend off the psychedelic effects of the evil cult’s drug darts, along with a nice hit of citrus and poppy to round out the Victorian flavors. 

1 part brandy
1 part Mandarin Napoleon orange liqueur
dash, grand poppy tincture
1 part red DuBonnet aperitif

1) Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, no ice, and stir gently.
2) Pour straight in brandy snifter and enjoy!

 

DRINKING RULES FOR YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES:

  1. Whenever Sherlock tells Watson what to do
  2. Every time you see a long shadow
  3. Any time the film references one of Holmes’ or Watson’s lines or tics (the deerstalker hat, “The game is afoot!”, etc.)

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Rathe/Moriarty tells the innkeeper in the post-credits sequence, “I’d like a room, please.”

Join us next week when we head into virtual reality with Denzel Washington to track down Cyber-Russell Crowe in Virtuosity!

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