I got a tip-off from my favourite food blog Dinner is Served 1972 that the Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas was a humdinger. Yinzerella and her mom watched it on HBO celebrating the event with kaftans and a Liberace cocktail.
Here in the UK we are VERY lucky as Behind the Candelabra got a cinema release and I got two invitations to go and see it. The first from Heather who as usual when organising a social event can corral about 1,000 people to attend. Alas, I couldn’t go to the movie but I damn sure managed to get to the pre-cinema cocktail session. I’d directed Heather to Yinzerella’s blog and hence the recipe for a Liberace cocktail.
In shot glass combine:
- 1/3 Kahlua
- 1/3 milk
- 1/3 Bacardi 151
Light on fire. Let burn. Blow out. Cool for a few seconds. Shoot.
Heather modified the recipe a bit with what she had to hand (the Sanatogen wasn’t in the cocktail, that’s just H’s new drink of choice – heated up in the microwave) and we had suitable salty snacks like Twiglets to accompany it. I don’t think we can get Bacardi 151 here in the UK so H used Sailor Jerry which is DIVINE. I don’t remember it being set on fire, but I drank it anyhow and it was fab.
The second chance I got to see it was with Mr R and I dressed accordingly:
We didn’t have a Liberace cocktail but we sure enjoyed the movie. I would highly recommended it, and what’s more, I didn’t fall asleep during the film – almost unheard of!
There will be more Liberace recipes to come – I have a whole heap of them in the collection, and of course, he published his own cookbook too. I imagine prices for an original copy will go through the roof for a while now but when Liberace-mania has calmed down I’ll get one. As he said in the movie, he loved to cook. I will try and get hold of “The Loved One” on DVD as I adore Liberace in this movie playing Mr Starker…