This week on Alcohollywood, we get a bit more obscure with Theo from Twin Cinema as we discuss William Friedkin’s lost 1977 thriller Sorcerer! This remake of the classic French film The Wages of Fear sees a group of disparate expatriates (including Roy Scheider) in a small South American hellhole. These men are then tasked with a dangerous mission to transport unstable nitroglycerin 200 miles to put out an oil rig fire. What follows is a moody, tense, and deeply stylized journey through the bowels of hell and human frailty. It’s a masterpiece that is one of the most personal and fascinating works of Friedkin’s career. Check out our episode, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!
Scout Tafoya’s Sorcerer video essay on The Unloved
Fan edit from Louisa (@infamoussphere) – Our 80s truck-building montage dream come true!
Louisa Fan edit 2 – Thanks Infamous Sphere for your amazing gift!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Nitro
For our explosive dynamite inspired drink, we did a little cocktail sorcery of our own! The drink requires ignition proof bourbon (<87-proof at least), Fireball whiskey, and tangerine juice for some fruitiness (as well as a reference to the film’s composers, Tangerine Dream). Along with the ginger ale and sarsaparilla bitters, this drink has a refreshing root beer flavor.
TIP: Swap the ginger ale out for cream soda to lean even further in that direction!
1 part WLR ignition-proof bourbon
1 part Fireball cinnamon whiskey
6 parts ginger ale
1 part tangerine juice
dash, sarsaparilla dry bitters
Combine bourbon, whiskey and tangerine juice in a shaker with ice; mix well. Pour into Collins glass with ice and top with ginger ale and dash of bitters.
DRINKING RULES FOR SORCERER:
- SUBJECTIVE RULE: Drink whenever you think that nitroglycerin should have really gone off by now
- Any time a character begins speaking in a different language
- Every time the camera zooms in or out of something
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
Jackie (Roy Scheider) says, “May I have this dance?”
Join us next week as we get Yahoo Serious with the 1985 comedy Young Einstein!