The Magic Christian (1969) w/Consequence of Sound

Magic Christian Come and get it, listeners – Nick from Consequence of Sound comes back to continue our exploration of cinematic Beatles efforts with the strange, bizarre creature that is The Magic Christian! Based on a novel by Terry Southern, the film is a hippie-tastic, Pythonesque journey in which Peter Sellers’ obscenely rich social prankster adopts homeless Ringo Starr and takes him through one ham-fisted counterculture prank after another. The result is the kind of disjointed experimental film we saw a lot of in the 70s, but without any of the nuance or cleverness to ground it. Nonetheless, it’s a bizarrely entertaining watch, especially with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Come and Get It

Magic Christian cocktail

6 parts brandy
1 part ginger liqueur
splash, lemon juice
grilled pepper/pineapple syrup*

*TO MAKE SYRUP: Cut fresh pineapple and yellow bell pepper into slices and grill them on a grill pan to release their flavor. Run them through a juicer, then cook in a saucepan over a medium heat (adding 2-3 heaping tbsp of sugar) until reduced into a syrup.

Combine into a shaker over ice and pour straight into a martini glass. Garnish with bell pepper slice, grilled pineapple slice and pineapple leaves.

 

DRINKING RULES FOR THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN:

  1. Whenever Badfinger’s “Come and Get It” plays
  2. Every time Ringo actually gets a line
  3. Any time money is shown or exchanged

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

The PA system on the Magic Christian says, “What is going on? What is going on? What is happening?…No seriously, folks.”

Join us next week as we watch James Spader track down serial killer Keanu Reeves in The Watcher!

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