The Liberace Cocktail

IMG_2412 In honor of our watching Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra: The Secret Life of Liberace with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon – both of whom are amazing – I figured we needed a cocktail. After typing in: “Liberace Cocktail” to Google I found many posting for the same cocktail.  So I had to make it, right?  Well my hangover today would say NO, but everything is easier in hindsight.

The Liberace Cocktail

In a shoot glass pour 1/3 ounce of Kahlua, now you want this to layer so using the back of a bar spoon (or any spoon really)  slowly pour 1/3 ounce of Whole Milk then follow with   1/3 ounce of 151 Proof rum.  In truth I didn’t really measure I used about the same amount of  Milk and Kahlua and a little less of the very, very, strong Rum. If your layering doesn’t work just let it sit for a few minutes and the layers will become more distinct.  The final flourish is to light the drink on fire – every recipe I said calls for at least 10 seconds of flame.  It really does strike me as a 70’s drink – layer, flambéed and then shot – sweet and creamy yet with a wicked bunch.

IMG_2413And just in case you haven’t seen the trailer, enjoy:

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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4 Responses to The Liberace Cocktail

  1. That sort of reminds me of all the B52s I knocked back in high school – often with ugly results. A night of Liberace in the glass and on the tube sounds like a better time, on balance.

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      Anything you shoot that has lots of sugar and booze is always going to end up bad 😉 B52s OMG I remember those! Bailey’s, Kahlua and Grand Marnier layered! Too much fun! Thanks for reminding me – I think I may be entering a layer drink phase…

  2. Leslie-Anne says:

    I loved Liberace when I was growing up. Can’t wait to see this movie. I’ll have to pass on the cocktail, although it does look yummy.

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      I actually went to see Liberace TWICE with my Grandmother who was a huge fan – I loved him but remember as a kid that I was totally embarrassed by how risque his show was. The incredible thing about the movie is all the scene’s of him performing were verbatim from his show I actually remember some of the bits! The drink is just boozy camp, as I see it 😉

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