Star Trek cocktail book launches
Mixologists Simon Pellet and Adrian Calderbank have created a colourful compendium of intergalactic cocktails inspired by hit sci fi TV show, Star Trek.
Called Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium, the cocktails are divided into themes, beginning with First Contact (apéritifs), then moving onto Shore Leave (cocktails for chilling), and Journey to Babel (cocktails for entertaining), and ending with Risan Sunset (digestifs).
The Samarian Sunset, which features in The Next Generation, is a colourful twist on a Tequila Sunrise made with Tequila, orange juice, lime juice, melon liqueur and grenadine, while the Live Long and Prosper is a refreshing riff on a Paloma, featuring Tequila, grapefruit juice and raspberry syrup.
The Ferengi Wallbanger pays tribute to retro classic the Harvey Wallbanger, with its mix of vodka, orange juice, Galliano and green Chartreuse, while the bright blue ice planet marries white rum, lime juice, lemonade and blue curaçao.
Among the more classic cocktails in the compendium is the Sisko’s Sazerac, a potent mix of rye whiskey, Cognac, absinthe and Peychaud’s bitters, while the Sherry on the Edge of Forever marries dry Sherry with maraschino and orange.
Glenn Dakin’s introduction charts the place of alcohol in all its guises across the Star Trek series. A Martini was served in the very first pilot episode of the show.
Within that episode, Dr. Boyce says to Captain Pike: “Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he’ll never tell his doctor,” while making a Martini.
Alcohol also pops up in the By Any Other Name episode, when Scotty helps thwart an invasion of intelligent aliens by drinking one of them under the table.
In The Trouble With Tribbles, over-indulging in booze leads to a barroom brawl with the Klingons, with Chekov insisting that Scotch was invented by a little old lady from Leningrad.
The cocktails are accompanied by illustrations by Adrian Salmon, photography by David Burton and Jess Esposito, and quotations from the series. Star Trek Cocktails: A Stellar Compendium costs £19.99 in hardback.