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Zombie Survival Can, review

First of all as a drink I have to say I prefer the taste of the zombie survival can to redbull or relentless. It has something of  a refresher sweets quality so it goes down easily.
As to the claims it makes on its handy ‘In case of zombie apocalypse’ guide.
‘Drink entire can contents to ensure speedy escape’
Hmm, I am not convinced the drink made me faster or even gave me more stamina for running. I felt no great burst of leg power after drinking and would require some convincing of this claim.
‘Fill can with rock, then throw can at zombie’
I have two issues with this, first, the time taken to fill the can’s small opening with small pebbles would probably allow zombies to gather and eat you. Second, it’s a small can of pebbles. It’s not going to destroy the brain or spinal column so throwing cans is unlikely to be an effective defence.
‘Substitute for gas mask in case of toxic cloud’
Frankly if I had a gas mask I’d hang on to it, however the empty can would contain a small additional air supply so in a pinch, with your face sealed off via plastic bag or masking tape, then the can could give you a few more moments to escape the cloud and unwrap your head. I’ll give them that one.
‘Use can to collect rain water, boil if necessary’.
Absolutely yes. Quite right, especially if you can find a piece of plastic to use as a funnel the can could be key life saving equipment.
‘Dispose of can properly, sounds of litter can alert zombies to your presence’
Always a good idea to clean up signs of your presence.
What they missed…
This is an energy drink and I must admit I am feeling buzzy and alert after drinking it, so I would recommend it for guard duty, those all important small hours of the morning when it’s so hard to stay sharp. A little extra buzz could save your life and the lives of everyone in your camp.
Overall then I’d say, it’s a little pricey and probably any energy drink would do, but the zombie survival can does come with a handy pictorial reminder of its uses and it a nice little liquid buzz. Worth having a couple in your bug out bag. Or just for really long meetings.

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse: #14 The Chastity Flame

by Katemandi, Last Girl on Earth

What’s better than a kick ass role model? A kick ass role model with her own cocktail! Yes, it’s the Chastity Flame, based on the super sexy spy (or do we call them ‘governmental operatives’ now?) created by C. Margery Kempe. I’ll let her tell you about it:

If you want to bevvy up for the apocalypse, here’s a little drink you can try out. It first appeared in the Noble Romance Christmas Bonus Recipe Book. I was inspired by the wise words of one of my literary inspirations: 

“Never despise a drink because it is easy to make.”
~ Kingsley Amis, Everyday Drinking


When I created Chastity Flame, my sexy government agent, of course I had Ian Fleming’s Bond in the back of my head. While working on the sequel, Lush Situation (which draws its name from Richard Hamilton’s piece, of course), I decided that Chas needed a drink just as memorable as Bond’s “shaken not stirred” martini. Et voilá! I give you

The Chastity Flame:

2 measures gin (I recommend Boodle’s or Tanqueray Rangpur)
1 measure vodka ( I recommend Zubrowka, Reyka or Stoli)
A generous dash of bitters (is there any but Angostura that will do?)
Lime garnish

Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with plenty of ice, but don’t dawdle or it will get dilluted. Strain the chilled contents into martini glass — or a tumbler if you’re a heathen. Garnish with a lime slice and a shot of lime juice if you like that sort of thing (I do). It should be the color of Chastity’s amber eyes and be rather lethal, but then again, so is its inspiration. A perfect accompaniment for a stimulating book.

Or even the apocalypse!

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse #12: Mudslide

An easy one to make with the added benefit of having milk in it, thus giving you more calcium for your post-apocalyptic health needs!

Ingredients (Serves 1)

1 measure Vodka
1 measure Kahlua
2 measures Baileys original
1/4 pint milk, any type
6 ice cubes

Method:

Place all ingredients and ice in a cocktail shaker. Put on lid and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a tall glass, preferably pre-chilled.

Presto!

battleaxebunny out

(Original recipe from here)

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse #11: Dark & Stormy


We’re not at all worried by the fact that all these cocktails seem to demand ice. Obviously getting enough power on to get a fridge-freezer active is going to be one of the priorities of your post-apocalyptic DIY. Unless you’re in the middle of an icy apocalypse then you can just stick the ice-cube tray out the front door…

Ingredients (Serves 1)

Ice
Juice of half a lime
2 measures Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
Ginger beer

Method:

Add ice to a tall glass. Squeeze limes over the ice, then pour in rum and ginger beer, and stir. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Easy squeezy!

battleaxebunny out

(Original recipe from here)

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse #10: Absolute Stress

Christmas during the apocalypse can be very stressful… but not so much after a glass of this! (And it’s got fruit in it! You remember what we said about fruit in drinks being healthy!) And we’ve noticed that increasing the measures of the alcohol portions significantly decreases the amount of stress felt…

Ingredients (Serves 1)

1 measure vodka
1 measure dark rum
1 measure peach schnapps
1 measure orange juice
1 measure cranberry juice

Method:

In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, rum, peach liqueur, orange juice and cranberry juice. Shake well. Pour over ice in a tall glass and garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry. (See, fruit!)

Chin chin!
Battleaxebunny

(Original recipe from here)

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse #7: Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

Those of you who are well travelled may have already come across this quite legendary tipple – if not by direct experience then by perusal of the right kind of a guide book. We’ll quote you direct from it – “…the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”
(Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy )

We won’t argue with the master so here’s a recipe for it – feel free to double, triple or quadruple the measures though it’s highly likely you won’t even be able to pronounce this one once you’ve drunk it… and if nothing else, this will take your mind off whatever nasties are lurching outside the house…

Ingredients (Serves 1)

1 tablespoon gin
1 tablespoon light rum
1 tablespoon vodka
1 tablespoon tequila
2 tablespoons creme de menthe liqueur
2 tablespoons Galliano
1 scoop ice cubes
1 slice lemon

Combine the gin, rum, vodka, tequila, creme de menthe, Galliano and ice in the container of a blender. Cover, and blend until slushy. (If the minions haven’t got the power working, a plastic bag and a hammer work almost as well.) Pour into a glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Hic!
Battleaxebunny

(Original recipe from here)

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse #6: Bitter and Twisted

It has fruit in it. Fruit is good for you. So is rum. Many pirates live very happily on rum. Even the post-apocalyptic ones. Actually, especially the post-apocalyptic ones. This is a true thing. ;-)

Ingredients (Serves 1)

30ml or 1 shot of bacardi rum
100ml of fresh pineapple juice
75ml of grapefruit juice
200ml of sparkling water
Ice cubes

Method:

Put a few ice-cubes in a glass. (You can skip this bit if the power’s still out… unless you live in the frozen wastes then you have a cocktail-y advantage over the rest of us…) Pour in bacardi, pineapple and grapefruit juice. Pour into a cocktail mixer and shake.

Pour the mixed cocktail into the glass again then add sparkling water. (Or almost sparkling water if the sell by date’s getting on…)

Serve with cherries and bullet shell casings for garnish. Or more rum.

Battleaxebunny out. (hiccup)

(Original recipe from here)

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse #5: Chocolate Crossbow

For this recipe you’re going to need chocolate. Lots of it. This is never a bad thing.

You’ll also need to find some milk – powdered will do in a pinch, goats milk might work, evaporated milk could be interesting and condensed milk will likely make all your teeth drop out so your best bet for optimum taste is classic cow’s milk. That’s if you can find yourself an uninfected cow… Whichever variant you use, this is a drink that’s going to give you a good dose of your daily calcium and required fats so it totally counts as a health drink. Oh yes it does.

Ingredients: (serves 3. Or 1 if you’re really thirsty.)

150g milk chocolate bar
210ml (just over 7fl oz) milk
75ml (2 1/4fl oz) vanilla syrup
3 squares of milk chocolate
Ice
3 martini glasses (or 1 pint glass)

Method:

Place the milk in a non-stick saucepan and heat on a gentle simmer.

Break half of the chocolate bar into squares (resist the temptation to nibble) and add into the milk. Stir the milk and chocolate gently and continuously to create a liquid chocolate mixture. (Try not to burn your tongue when the temptation to taste gets to great…)

Allow to cool for one hour at room temperature and then store in fridge. (Or in the coolest place you can find.)

Pour the cool milk mixture into a cocktail shaker and add the vanilla syrup. Shake over ice for 1 minute and double-strain into martini glass.

Make an insertion in the back of the chocolate squares and place one at an angle on the edge of each martini glass. (Or just save time and eat them…)

Drink and be merry…

Battleaxebunny out

(Original recipe from here)

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse #3: Zombie


No post-apocalyptic cocktail party would be complete without one of these… to be savoured after a long day outrunning the real thing.

Feel free to experiment with the liqueurs and fruit juices used, depending on what’s available. However, to make it a Zombie, it must contain a mix of white, golden and dark rum…
Ingredients (serves 1):
2 measures dark rum
2 measures white rum
1 measure golden rum
1 measure Triple Sec
1 measure lime juice
1 measure orange juice
1 measure pineapple juice
1 measure guava juice
1 tbsp grenadine
1 tbsp orgeat
1 tsp Pernod
crushed ice cubes
sprigs of fresh mint & pineapple wedges to serve
Method:
Pour all liquids into a cocktail shaker & shake over crushed ice until well-mixed & smooth.
Pour without straining into a chilled glass.
Decorate with the mint & pineapple to serve, with or without paper umbrella.
—Daystar out—

Cocktail Cabinet of the Apocalypse #2: Cherry Bitch with a Chainsaw


This drink gets its name from the brand of gin traditionally used: Bulldog. However, in a pinch, any gin will do… even bathtub!

The lime and cherries work well together to give you a vitamin C boost that tastes great. You’ll need to find yourself a measure that also uses “weights” for this one.
Ingredients (serves 1):
6oz gin
1 bag blackcurrant tea
3 – 5 fresh cherries
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3 – 4 oz apple juice
1oz simple sugar syrup
orange peel twist to serve
Method:
Muddle your cherries. It can be tricky to muddle ingredients in a traditional cocktail glass, so instead use a tumbler or an Old Fashioned glass, and transfer the fruit when done.
In another glass, infuse the gin with the blackcurrant teabag. After removing the bag, pour into the cocktail glass.
Add the lime juice, syrup and apple juice to the glass, then transfer the mix to a chilled cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well, then strain into the glass. Garnish with the orange twist and serve.
—Daystar out—

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