What cocktail would you serve Stephen Colbert?
I asked a few friends this question and got some funny responses. One suggested a French cocktail due to Colbert’s tendency to pronounce things with a French accent. Another submission was a cocktail ending in a soft “t”. A third idea was a drink with a disconnect between what it looks like (or its ingredients) and what it tastes like, to reflect the satirical nature of his program. Another clever proposal was a hyper patriotic cocktail – bourbon (which by law must be made in the U.S.) with blue curaçao, grenadine and coconut milk – stars and bars! An American beer-based cocktail could fall into this category, too.
On a recent visit to Colbert’s show, David Wondrich, a cocktail historian, made him a “Colbert Bump”. He based it on the “Cherry Bounce”, one of our country’s oldest cocktails. I’ve come across several versions, but most involve cherries, whiskey, sugar and time (probably why Mr. Wondrich went right for the cherry brandy).
Check out the amusing exchange below.