Big Trouble in Little China (1986) w/Grant of Chip & Ironicus

big trouble in little china

This week on Alcohollywood, Grant of Chip & Ironicus fame joins us to talk the 1986 John Carpenter cult classic Big Trouble in Little China! THRILL as Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) wryly smirks his way through a rescue mission in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, oblivious to his role as the film’s sidekick! GASP as mystical Raidens and old mascara-d ghost-men kidnap green-eyed girls for demonic rituals involving mall escalators! We chat about all this and more, so give us a listen and check out our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

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Our Wizard World episode, feat. our interview with James Hong!
The Thing episode for Alcohollywood
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Needle of Love

In search of the most Chinese-inspired ingredients available, we based a drink around the Chinese vodka baijiu, the French liqueur China-China, and a shock of fruit flavors to help guide you through this Asian adventure like a Wang to your perplexed Jack Burton. 

1 part baijiu (sub with vodka if you can’t find it)
1 part China-China
dash, cranberry syrup
splash, orange juice
4 parts soda water

  • To make cranberry syrup: combine equal parts cranberry juice and brown sugar in a saucepan and heat until dissolved. Cool and store.
  • To make the drink: Combine baijiu, China-China, syrup and orange juice in a shaker with ice and stir.
  • Pour into rocks glass and top with soda water.


  1. “Jacksplanations” (whenever Jack has to stop everything to ask what’s going on)
  2. Whenever Jack Burton gets hurt, whether by others or his own hand
  3. Any time you see critters (the sasquatch-thing, the Beholder, etc.)


 Jack Burton confidently boasts, “If I’m not back by dawn…call the President.

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