In the opening scene of “The Day of the Doctor” (2013), our favorite renegade Time Lord regales Clara Oswald with a list of the exotic places they’ll soon be visiting in the TARDIS. Ancient Mesopotamia! Future Mars! The Impossible Girl hesitates, insisting that she’ll come along for the ride only if there will be cocktails. The Doctor assures her that cocktails will be served—on the moon. Who could refuse? This playful exchange provided an apt mission statement for our team’s recent Doctor Who marathon. In addition to a televisual showcase of some of the Doctor’s most memorable stories, the festivities featured a tempting array of themed food and drink. This, of course, meant that there were enough cocktails on hand to satisfy even the thirstiest of companions. After sharing the recipe for Slitheen egg hors d’oeuvres, it’s time to turn our attention to the bar cart!
Concocting mixed drinks inspired by the Doctor’s illustrious travels is fast becoming a popular pastime, and no party would be complete without a cocktail inspired by his faithful, faulty Type 40 time capsule. For Doctor Who fans, hope is blue—and often accompanied by obligatory outbursts of wheezing and groaning! But what does unrestricted access to all of time and space taste like?
While there are a variety of recipes available for so-called Tardis-tinis, particularly those involving Hpnotiq, our cocktail planner chose to keep things simple by mixing up a batch of Blue Cosmopolitans. Consider it a martini with a malfunctioning chameleon circuit. The Cosmopolitan is the youngest of the classic cocktails, a fresh and fashionable apertif. Locating the ingredients for a Blue Cosmo is easy, and the glow of the finished drink in its cocktail glass immediately evokes the soothing hues of a police box. Made with vodka citron, blue Curaçao, white cranberry juice, and lime juice, this cocktail is sweet but also remarkably refreshing. It offered elegant embellishment to our afternoon screening of An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) and would be a welcome sight at any game table set-up for a Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space role-playing module.
To recreate our version of a simple Tardis-tini, consult Absolut’s recipe for the Blue Cosmopolitan. If you’re looking for something with a dash more splash, be sure to check out Alex Murphy and Nicole Beckerman’s instructions for mixing a Hpnotiq Tardis-tini.