Lanterns (all nine of them!)

Test Subject K. has been a pest about this, and finally I decided to do it. Lantern Corps: Willpower, Fear, Hope, Life, Death, Rage, Avarice, Compassion and Love… and same approach as in Thanos: Infinity Gauntlet consists of six drinks, Lanterns includes nine drinks! 🙂

Infinity Gauntlet cocktails had one ingredient in common, extra dry vermouth: the rest was mixture of various liqueurs. The idea was that there is one common nominator and you could taste the dry spiciness in all of them, but despite of that all were basically different.

Same here. I decided to use sambuca as common Lantern nominator. No, there is nothing common in different Lantern Corps and anise, but it’s a taste I can mix with different liqueurs and still taste it in all of them.

You are going to be drunk after drinking these. Suggested drinking order: Compassion, Life, then Fear/Hope/Death/Avarice/Willpower, Rage and Love last. Compassion and Life have elegant aromas, it’s best to drink them first while you can enjoy the flavour (and Compassion’s colour takes really steady hand to produce). Rage and Love have the most powerful tastes, you can get the idea even when roaring drunk.

WILLPOWER (Green)

3 parts vodka

1 part creme de menthe

1 part sambuca

Shake with ice and strain into a small glass with some ice in it.

Combination of mint and anise makes you feel good aka. boosts your willpower.

FEAR (Yellow)

2 parts vodka

2 parts Strega

1 part sambuca

Shake with ice and strain into a small glass with some ice in it. Pour some Strega on top.

Strega adds “violent” anise to sambuca’s anise, this will make you afraid.

HOPE (Blue)

1 part vodka

2 parts Malibu

1 part Blue Curacao

1 part sambuca

Shake with ice and strain into a small glass with some ice in it.

They say there is no hope without fear, so I added a little “off balance” element in the form of Malibu: I think it binds the drink under the word “Hope”.

DEATH (Black)

1 part vodka

1 part Kahlúa

2 parts Cynar

1 part sambuca

black food colouring

Shake with ice and strain into a small glass with some ice in it. The picture is without black colouring, I wanted to show it “natural”.

It’s kinda “thick” and suffocating… it’s Death.

AVARICE (Orange)

2 parts cognac

1 part Strega

1 part Aperol

1 part sambuca

Shake with ice and strain into a small glass with some ice in it.

This drink has some “royal” taste in it… but it’s still bitter, because greedy person always wants more, no matter what.

COMPASSION (Indigo)

3 parts tequila blanco (100% puro de agave)

1 part Bols Cacao White

1 part sambuca

Blue curacao and Parfait Amour (see below)

Pour tequila, Cacao White and sambuca in suitable mixing jar. Add some Blue Curacao until faint blue. Add Parfait Amour, little by little and mixing, until the colour is somewhat indigo. Then… Shake with ice and strain into a small glass with some ice in it.

What is Compassion? That you feel another person’s pain, and you want to do something about it: the result is something that can be called a good deed. So, other people’s pain is sharp tequila; it’s softened with sweet and gentle Caco White.

RAGE (Red)

1 part vodka

2 parts Aperol

1 part sambuca

some red grenadine for adjusting colour

dash of Tabasco sauce

Shake with ice and strain into a small glass with some ice in it. Feel free to substitute some of Aperol with Campari, in this case no red grenadine needed. Be warned, Campari version is v_i_o_l_e_n_t!

Aperol/Campari and Tabasco… rage!

LOVE (Purple)

4 parts Parfait Amour

1 part sambuca

Shake with ice and strain into a small glass with lots of ice in it. If you have De Kyuper Cocoa Bitters please add some for bittersweet love.

Well, this is a no-brainer… even the liqueur is called Parfait Amour.

LIFE (White)

4 parts Bols Natural Yoghurt

1 part sambuca

Shake with ice and strain into a small glass with some ice in it. Unfortunately sambuca starts to separate yoghurt but don’t worry: it’s so delicious you’ll finish the drink before any serious damage 🙂

No-brainer like Love, above. This is the Potion of Life.

I hope you like Lanterns The Cocktail(s)! Yearn for more Lantern-themed drinks? Please check out Green Lantern and Sinestro and way more better Green Lantern in the form of Hal Jordan. Don’t forget Kilowog and Parallax.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! SEE YOU IN JANUARY!

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