Combustible Edison Cocktail
From the band that perfected lounge Muzak and coined the deathless phrase "Cocktail Nation," we have the Combustible Edison cocktail [movie: 683KBytes .mov].
Composed of two parts brandy to one part Campari and fresh lemon juice, the band's namesake drink warms the body and stimulates the spirit while putting on a fine show atop the brandy with shadowy blue flames.
The Millionaire (we liked him from the moment we heard his credentials: a gin man with the sophistication to appreciate Campari) says the hardest thing about making this drink is pouring the flaming brandy into a cocktail glass. The pyrotechnics of bartending dictate that one never be intimidated by the flame. Anyway, it's the coolest of fires and extinguishes itself moments after hitting the citrus and Campari.
Unless the brandy is thoroughly heated and swiftly poured into a chilled cocktail glass with Campari and lemon juice, it won't put on much of a show. Of course, some days we just don't have the energy to drag out the Bunsen burner for this drink, no matter how much we like the aroma of fervent brandy. Instead, we opt for the band's Edisonian cocktail - the same ingredients minus the heat. We can count on the Campari kick of the Edisonian to revive us for the evening ahead.
Before Combustible Edison released its 1994 I, Swinger album, The Millionaire decided the band needed a drink all its own. In a style reminiscent of the illustrious bartender Jerry Thomas, who created and showcased the first flaming drink, the Blue Blazer, in the early 19th century, Combustible Edison band members and a few loyal supporters headed to a mixology lab where they spent three exhausting nights in search of the perfect Combustible Edison drink. Having succeeded, the band published the recipe on its album and began a cocktail crusade, bolstered by the group's US and European tour.
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