The King and The Fool (Toad and Magneto, revisited)

More mutants coming up, in a form of a double act: the other one The Mightiest of Them All… and the other one is, ehm… is not.




3 parts bourbon

1/2 part De Kyuper Sour Rhubarb

1 part Aperol

1 part simple syrup

1 part dry or extra dry vermouth

(1/2 part Parfait Amour, see below)

dash of Angostura orange bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, add an ice cube.

Nothing wrong with my first take on Magneto, I dare to say… expect that eternal struggle to catch purple colours with my camera ;P That aside, I think it’s a pretty decent cocktail… but there’s no harm done with another version of this legendary character.

No effort whatsoever to make the colour theme “right”, red and purple; it’s all in the taste. The guy can manipulate magnetism: the possibilities are endless! So I decided to create a drink that consists of many ingredients: take one off, and the whole suffers more than you can imagine.

Okay, I’m getting highly thematic with Magneto v.2… try enjoying this drink while skipping one of the ingredients, just choose one randomly; well, not bourbon – that’s obvious… you’ll see that the result changes surprisingly much: none of them is outright bad… but they’re not as good, not as… well, as complete as the , erm, complete cocktail.

So, more than “just a cocktail”, Magneto v.2 is a philosophical approach to the fine art of cocktail design… and a thought experiment on Max’s powers: “our world consists of zillions of elements; you manipulate one of them – or even remove it completely – the reality is changed. Not ruined, but changed. It makes you wonder what you could achieve if you possessed a power to manipulate reality as easily as it is to goof around with one cocktail? …maybe I’ve had one too many, do I make any sense?” 😀

By the way… I personally think that Parfait Amour is a bit too much here; it adds to the whole, but I think it’s kinda “cheap shot” – excessive element – in my attempt to (literally) construct “de-constructible” cocktail. I’m not saying it ruins the drink or anything… use it if you like; I prefer mine without it.

…but there certainly are uses for P-Amour, read on…





10 parts dry cider

10 parts carrot juice

2 to 3 parts Parfait Amour

2 to 3 parts bourbon

2 to 3 parts cheap, stingy mezcal

some sala syrup, for adjusting colour

Stir with ice and strain into a highball glass with some ice in it. Purple and orange garnish.

Sometimes life imitates art. I started to experiment with orange top, purple bottom – layered highball – but the densities of the layers were too much alike, the whole shebang mixed together while layering… I sighed, put the mishap aside, tasted it later… and it was great!

It’s all here! Kinda sullen colour, still true to the colour theme of the character (maybe the garnish should look kinda second-rate?)… and the taste that is clearly miscalculated, but still enjoyable in its own peculiar way. And it’s created by accident, how fitting for the bad guy who always ends up with the short end of the stick!

Mortimer Toynbee sure is one sad creep, and so is his cocktail… but that doesn’t mean it has to taste bad ;P

If you enjoy celebrating miserable creeps who constantly get stomped in the pages of superhero comics, you should also check out Killer Moth. Somehow these pathetic losers find the willpower to carry on, and we salute them!


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