Thursday, January 5, 2012

Booze of the Universe: Star Trek “Saurian Brandy”

Beam me up Scotty. No intelligent life here.

You know you've really made it when your'e a PEZ dispenser. Photo: PrincessFrogLips, Flickr ccl
Here’s a fun one for any of you Trekkies. I used to watch the original Star Trek show faithfully when I was growing up. There’s nothing quite as good as hammy acting and really cheesy effects and monsters. Admit it.

The actions that went on aboard...
Photo: Patrick Haney, Flickr ccl
I remember the odd occurrence when one or more of the crew used to get into this stuff. It always seemed to end poorly for someone...

I haven’t made this yet, but it actually sounds like it would be good. It certainly will be on my list. I've been thinking of maple syrup liqueur a few times recently.

There is no pic of this stuff for two reasons:  1. I haven't made it yet, but I will, and  2. I can't find a photo that isn't copyrighted. I prefer to stay out of court as much as possible...

On Star Trek Saurain Brandy was always in a groovy curved (one might say very 1970s) bottle. If you search "saurain brandy" you'll soon find a photo posted by a much braver soul that me.

The recipe below is my take on it. If you want the full on Treekie lowdown on Saurian Brandy, check this link out.

I hear it’s quite good served with Targ milk or Denevian mead!

Star Trek “Saurian Brandy”
1-1/2 cups vodka
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup grated orange rind (that’s a few oranges)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup maple syrup

Wash and grate the peel from the oranges. Try to keep the white pith to a minimum.

Place the sugar, water and maple syrup in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and let cook until the sugar dissolves, about 1-2 minutes. Let cool slightly.

In a mason jar combine the orange rind, syrup, vodka and brandy.

Seal and let steep for 1 month. Shake occasionally.

Strain and bottle.


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