In honor of the upcoming Watchmen film, I looked around for a Doctor Manhattan Cocktail. Finding none, I decided to build one of my own. For those unfamiliar with the influential 80s graphic novel that deconstructed the superhero mythos, catch up with a brief bio. For the purposes of this post, all you have to know is that he's a light blue glowing entity with god-like powers.
I don't know how the movie is going to turn out, but everyone should read Alan Moore's original Watchmen graphic novel, rated by TIME as one of the top 100 novels of all time. (Just because it's a comic book doesn't mean it's not serious, get with the times people.)
Benito's Original Doctor Manhattan Cocktail
2 oz. Orange Vodka
1 oz. Blue Curaçao
½ oz. Simple Syrup (or more, to taste)
Juice of half a lemon or lime
Sparkling water to top it off
Mix the first four ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir until chilled and mixed, then strain into the glass of your choice (I used a sort of highball glass). Add sparkling water to taste.
It is obviously strong on the orange flavor, and will get you a full day's worth of Vitamin C in one glass. And yes, it's more colorful and fruit-flavored than a lot of the cocktails that I've posted here, but I've got to admit it's a lot of fun. Quick and bracing, to be served when a margarita would be appropriate. Bonus points if you put one cherry in the bottom of the glass and one on on the rim to simulate the hydrogen atom sigil on the Doctor's forehead.