Dooooo doooo deee dooo do doooooo!!! Budd aba budda ba baaaa!!! < —- (that’s me singing The X-Files intro!)
One of the first sci-fi genres I was introduced to was the X-Files. It seriously terrified me, and all the complex and governmental intrigue plot point went waaaay over my head at the time (I was only 8 years old when the pilot came out!) but it has always stuck with me as a creepy cool show that was fun to geek out over with friends at conventions!
The hubby and I are currently re-watching the series from the very start, and I decided to start making some fun recipes and cocktails inspired from some of our favorite series. (Making these book, movie and show inspired recipes used to be a hobby of mine long before I had this blog!)
So lo and behold!! My very first X-Files inspired cocktail, The Spooky Mulder!
This cocktail was inspired off of the Pilot episode of Season 1, where we first become acquainted with Mulders nickname:
FBI AGENT: Are you familiar with an agent named Fox Mulder?
SCULLY: Yes, I am.
FBI AGENT: How so?
SCULLY: By reputation. He’s an Oxford educated Psychologist, who wrote a monograph on serial killers and the occult, that helped to catch Monty Props in 1988. Generally thought of as the best analyst in the violent crimes section. He had a nickname at the academy… Spooky Mulder.
The nickname Spooky Mulder pops up again and again throughout the series, with some especially memorable exchanges in the early episodes of the first season:
MULDER: So why didn’t they ask me?
SCULLY: They’re friends of mine from the academy, I’m sure they just felt more comfortable talking to me.
MULDER: Why would I make them so uncomfortable?
SCULLY: It probably has to do with your reputation.
MULDER: Reputation? I have a reputation?
SCULLY: Mulder, look. Colton plays by the book and you don’t. They feel your methods, your theories are…
MULDER: Spooky? Do you think I’m spooky?
I made this drink as a variation on a classic Dark ‘N’ Stormy – a highball cocktail invented in Bermuda just after World War I, made with dark rum and ginger beer.
In the United States, the name “Dark ‘N Stormy” is a trademark of Gosling Brothers Ltd of Bermuda. This means that in the US, legally to be called a Dark ‘N Stormy the drink must be made with Gosling Black Seal rum and ginger beer.
There are many wonderful variations on this tasty classic, but I thought I would try my hand at tweaking my own!
I chose to go with a variation on a Dark n Stormy because I liked that the dark rum float on the top gave the drink a spooky, mysterious and dark appearance, while the ginger beer gives it a light and sweet and approachable appearance underneath. I think it’s a perfect visual analogy of the character of Fox Mulder (although my husband says I am overthinking things, haha!)
Anyhoo, check it out and let me know what YOU think!
The Spooky Mulder Cocktail
½ cup ginger beer
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons black spiced rum
5-6 dashes of bitters
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Pour in the ginger beer and lemon juice. Float the rum by pouring the rum over the top of an upside down spoon. Add the dashes of bitters on top, and serve!