APRIL SHOWERS: Hard Rain (1998) w/The Butter Hours

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April Showers continues with our guests Scott and Eric of The Butter Hours! Week 2 of our marathon of films with ‘rain’ in the title moves forward with the 1990s action-thriller Hard Rain. The film stars Christian Slater as a nosy armored truck driver who defends his cargo in a flooding rural town from a group of masermind criminals led by Morgan Freeman. Filled with inexplicable Christian imagery and sassy trap-setting Betty Whites, this ‘Die Hard during a flood’ film is a singular wonder. Check out our thoughts along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!

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


THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Our Lord and Slater

This sweet, refreshing drink combines apple and sage flavors to make for a nice, julep-y bit of crispness that is exactly the kind of thing you’d want on a rainy day – especially one as rainy as Christian Slater goes through. 

hard rain cocktail2 parts white apple brandy
2 ½ parts apple juice blend (Golden delicious and Granny Smith)
1 part sage syrup*

*To make the sage syrup, combine about ¼ cup of sage leaves, 1 cup of water, ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup honey in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the syrup coats the back of a spoon. Keep it in a squeeze bottle and use to spice up all manner of drinks!
Combine brandy, apple juices and syrup in a Collins glass with ice, and garnish to your liking.


  1. Every time Christian Slater offers a sarcastic quip
  2. Whenever a character gets in or out of a boat
  3. Anytime characters get into a classic action-movie standoff


Randy Quaid shouts, “From now on, everything I eat is gonna be shit-free!”

Join us next week as April Showers continues with Michael Douglas’ trip to Japan with the 80s schlockfest Black Rain!

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