Dante’s Peak (1997)

Dante's Peak

This week on Alcohollywood, we’re watching the 1997 disaster flick Dante’s Peak, starring Pierce Brosnan and The Terminator‘s Linda Hamilton as a rockstar volcanologist and a small-town mayor, respectively, who attempt to escape a rampaging volcano terrorizing the small town of Dante’s Peak. Basically Jaws with a volcano, the film is a cheesy rollercoaster ride, but not nearly as obnoxious as its volcano-film partner, Volcano. The effects hold up well, the stakes are clear, and the filmmakers actually go for the gut with some of the deaths.

With that in mind, it’s certainly an interesting artifact to explore: a perfect encapsulation of a time when coffee was ubiquitous, everyone dressed like Blossom, and science robots were still a fascinating gimmick. Check out our rules and custom cocktail, as well as our review below!


THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Grandma’s Acid Bath

Dante's Peak cocktail

muddled sweet Thai chiles

1 part espresso-infused vodka

1 part triple sec

2 parts Irish cream

dash, Aztec chocolate bitters

Muddle chiles; pour in remaining ingredients. Combine and stir.




  1. Blue, tucked-in work shirts
  2. Every time you see or hear ‘Dante’s Peak’
  3. Anytime the screen is nothing but grey


Grandma (Elizabeth Hoffman) says “Stop looking at me like this is my fault.”

Join us next week when we check out the direct-to-video Lance Henriksen vehicle Felony!

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