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The Count's Flight: An El Conde Inspired Cocktail

Sweet and rich flavors pair nicely with this uncommon cocktail base as we bring in flavors that would be true to the region of the film. The Count’s Flight is a light cocktail that has sweet floral notes that all come together for a nice sippable drink for this slow burn of a film.

El Conde is a 2023 Horror Comedy and Dark Satire, that portrays Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, as a centuries old vampire yearning for death. After spending his most recent years in a secluded estate with his wife and familiar, he decides to get his affairs in order. As his children arrive to discuss their inheritance, they bring an undercover nun named Carmen to help sort out his many assets. Each party mentioned having their own motive for when Pinochet finally meets his end. The dark, disturbing satire of the film is best seen when the military clad creature of the night feast on the people of his country, a scene that is as on-the-nose as it is evocative. 

The cocktail is pulling from the regionality of the film using Pisco as our base spirit. Finding inspiration in the Pisco Sour, a Chilean staple, and the conveniently named El Presidente we find a cocktail with a unique flavor profile and a beautiful color reminiscent of the splashes of pink associated with the film. When the cocktail comes together expect a light fruitiness and notes of floral, specifically rose. It's sweet but not cloying, and the grenadine and lime come together for an almost tart candy-like flavor. 

Augusto going on a hunt next to a picture of The Count's Flight cocktail

The Count's Flight:
  • Into a shaker:
    • 2 oz Pisco
    • 1 oz Lime
    • 3/4 oz Grenadine
    • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
    • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth 
  • Dry Shake
  • Shake with Ice
  • Strain into Coupe
  • Garnish with Two Drops of Angostura Bitters
The Count's Flight is a light and refreshing cocktail that is a perfect way to add a little bit of sweetness to this dark and disturbing film. The Pisco base spirit, combined with the grenadine, lime, and vermouth, creates an approachable flavor that is both tart and sweet. If you are looking for a unique flavorful cocktail, I encourage you to try this one.

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