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What We Drink in the Shadows

Kat Rembacki

Kat Rembacki

Storyteller at Core Detroit
Dance party crasher; wordsmith; downtowner;Disney geek; whipped cream junkie; die-hard Tigers fan. Join me on on my epic quest for the perfect turkey reuben.
Kat Rembacki
Photo by The Keep via Facebook.

Photo by The Keep via Facebook.

If you’re unfamiliar with the 2014 New Zealand mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows, you’re probably not alone.

The film flew mostly under the radar at the box office, but it’s absolutely hilarious. We can’t understand how it doesn’t make every single must-watch-at-Halloweentime movie list.

The story follows four vampires sharing a flat in Wellington, NZ. Their unique personalities and undead status make mundane modern situations like household chores, breakups and guys night out laugh-out-loud funny. Then, humans get involved and a local wolfpack – immortal enemies of all vampires – show up and add to the plot twists. It’s a highly quotable 85 minutes of funny – Best in Show meets (the first half of) Dark Shadows.

And it’s particularly appropriate for Halloween season. So we were excited to see that The Keep is properly paying homage to this underrated classic with a popup titled “What We Drink in the Shadows.”

As part of The Keep’s ongoing bartender popup series, Michael Finsilver of Mudgie’s is stopping by tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a lineup of deliciously spooky spirits inspired the film and made using Pernod Ricard labels. He’s designed some wonderfully creative, slightly spooky recipes that we can’t wait to sip.

On the menu is a pair of shots entitled Werewolves, Not Swearwolves, named after the catchphrase of the film’s werewolf pack. The first is a shot of Jameson, and it is accompanied by a shot made with chocolate- and coffee-infused green chartreuse with pistachio orgeat.

Then there’s the Very Old and Creepy, an homage to Petyr, the 8,000 year old Nosferatu-like elder of the house who lives in a stone coffin in the basement and devours bags of live chickens delivered by his flatmates. This zinger is made with Lot no. 40 rye with Lapsang Souchong tea, Amaro Sfumato and pine.

Or maybe you’re more in the mood for an 18th Century Dandy, inspired by Viago, the proper, amusingly uptight flatmate who likes everything – including his victims – to be clean and tidy. The Dandy combines Martell VSOP cognac, Pernod, lemon, elderflower, maple and turmeric.

We won’t give out any movie spoilers, but there are three more libations rounding out the cocktail list. They are The Night Dentist (Martell VSOP cognac, pear brandy and branca menta), The Unholy Masquerade (Avion tequila, pineapple, lime, sherry and Becherovka), and The Beast (Plymouth gin, St. Germain, grapefruit, lime, Peychaud’s and salt). Seeing the movie in advance of the popup will help you get in on some of the inside jokes. But you really don’t need to understand the film to appreciate a well made cocktail, so go ahead and stop by even if vampires aren’t normally your thing.

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