This week on Alcohollywood, we saddle up with Our Fair City writer (and friend of the show) David Rheinstrom to take a look at Silverado, the 1985 ensemble Western written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan! The film stars Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Scott Glenn and Kevin Costner as a ragtag band of gunslingers who help each other deal with their personal demons and long-standing rivals, including Brian Dennehy as a corrupt sheriff and Jeff Fahey as an unhinged outlaw. Silverado has a great, fun energy to it while also deftly juggling a complex plot and a large cast of characters. We’ve also got a custom cocktail and drinking rules to help you beat the heat of the Old West!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Midnight Star
Our Mexican-themed drink for Silverado, named after Linda Hunt’s saloon in the film, is a triple-threat drink sequence of mezcal (brought to you by official sponsor Ilegal Mezcal), a citrus-habanero sangrita, and a nice cerveza to wash it down.
1 part pineapple juice
1 part orange juice
¼ tsp habanero, pulverized
1 part lime juice
1 part aloe water
Silver leaf, edible
Ilegal Mezcal Anejo
Mexican cerveza of your choice
Combine sangrita ingredients into shaker (deseed and grind habanero in mortar and pestle) and shake vigorously; pour into glass. Drink a sip of that smooth mezcal, then sip the sangrita, then finish it off with your cool beer.
DRINKING RULES FOR SILVERADO:
- Whenever a character’s hat is removed or replaced, by will or force
- Any time a character demonstrates impossibly good aim (one-shot kills, precise accuracy, etc.)
- Every time Kevin Costner takes a strange pause before he speaks
*BONUS RULE: Take a shot of whiskey when Danny Glover takes his.
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
Mal (Danny Glover) holds up two rifles and mutters, “This oughta do.”
Next week, we jump forward to the future with Robin William’s robot dramedy Bicentennial Man!