HERE MAY BE DRAGONS: Dragonheart (1996)

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Dragon Month (heretofore referred to as Here May Be Dragons, since it’s just a more awesome name) chugs along with returning guest Betsy Stone and 1996’s CGI-Sean-Connery vehicle Dragonheart! When an asshole king (David Thewlis) terrorizes the land, it’s up to a roguish dragonslayer (Dennis Quaid) and his snarky dragon pal (Connery) to save the day. Sub-PlayStation One CGI and semi-modernized Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves antics abound, which we break down for you along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!

(Thanks to our sponsor Iron Galaxy as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Old Code

dragonheart cocktailWe paid homage to Sean Connery with a suitably scotch-based drink, with a spicy, herby green syrup to fit Draco’s hue and the earthiness of the medieval setting.

2 parts Scotch (pick a nice peaty one)
1 parts green pepper-lime-thyme syrup
dash, grand poppy tincture
splash, soda water

To make the syrup, roast 1 green pepper till the skins fall off; puree that with a bit of water. Add that to a saucepan with the juice of 3 limes, a large dollop of honey and a small bunch of thyme leaves, and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Add that to a rocks glass with Scotch, tincture and soda water with ice, and stir. Serve.

DRINKING RULES FOR DRAGONHEART:

  1. Every time someone gets stabbed with a pointy thing
  2. Any time Sean Connery offers a dragon quip
  3. Whenever you see silhouetted characters

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Draco shouts, “As my friend, strike…please!”

Join us next week as we deal with more kiddie fare with the Dreamworks animated film How to Train Your Dragon!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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