Thursday, June 28, 2012

A New Spin on an Old Favorite: The Godfather

So I spent all day in the city, hoofing it around town, looking for work.  One of my more splendid decisions, because we peaked a Heat Index today of about 110 Fahrenheit, which is, for those of you who care, exactly 43.33 Celsius.  As they say in Italy, "Fuori è caldo!"

Anyway, as I got home, I got cleaned up, and I decided I'd watch the Godfather.  I love this movie.  Although I often can not watch the whole thing at once, I do have a serious man crush on a 1972 Al Pacino. Damn, that man is handsome.  Scary as all get out, but handsome none the less.  Honoring, and maybe the progenitor of the dark, quiet, handsome Sicilian immigrant, finding himself in America at the end of the "War to end all wars," trying to make his way for his family, friends, and all the people he feels responsible for in a very quickly changing America.  We start off seeing Michael Corleone in the mid 40s, back home due to a war injury, attending his sister Connie's wedding.  It is this scene where we see the beginning of the life Michael will go on to lead.  Coppola didn't miss a beat in the casting of anyone in this movie, and it's only  shame that it didn't get more recognition until later.  

"I'm gonna teach you some respect."
In fairness, I also read the book, which contains the material for the first two movies, and I took a class on this film and others about gangsters and outlaws.  I wont go into a full blown diatribe about this movie or the second one (I pretend GFIII was never made...leave me to my delusions, please,) but I will show you all how to make my own twist on the Godfather drink.  It is basically a 5:3 ratio of Scotch to Amaretto in a rocks glass.  BORING.

Mike's Godfather:


1.25 oz Chivas Regal      (Unfortunately, "Scotch" whiskey must come from Scotland...Jerks.)

0.5 oz Disaronno Originale Amaretto       (There is no substitute.  Sorry Kyupers, The door is that way --->)

0.25 oz Mike's Homemade Orangecello    (You can buy Orangecello, I will post my Orangecello in the future)

Splash Soda water (optional)

Splash Galliano (optional, see below)


Pour into a 3 oz or larger Highball glass.

     -  Note: (If you have a big glass, you can add some soda water of you like, but try no more than a splash at first.  Carbonized, but unsweetened grapefruit juice would be better, ONLY if you are using real Orangecello!!!)

After all, since this is about the Godfather:

Garnish with an Orange Wheel.

This is an absolute part of the aesthetic, since delivering an Orange to a man was to inform him that he was about to be offed.  Which you of course know, because you are a serious fan of the movies.

If you can't find or are afraid of the unknown that is Orangecello, you can use 0.25 oz of Bacardi O, and a splash of orange juice.

Sometimes, like if I can't use Orangecello for any  reason, you can splash the Galliano, which is really sweet, but only do this if the drink would otherwise be too bitter.


Mike the Bartender

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