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Stocking the Bar for the End of the World Party

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The Road

Viggo Mortensen reprises the role of “The Man” in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” which hits screens across the country on Wednesday. The book was fantastic, and the release got me thinking about fine beverage (and liquids) in a post-apocalypse environment.

The Man and Robert Neville, the main character in “I Am Legend”, took different approaches to drinking. Now folks, I haven’t seen either movie (dead tree stories still hold a special place in my heart), so I’m talking about the novels. NO SPOILER ALERTS! The Man won’t touch the stuff, and Neville drinks like a fish for a good portion of the story. So how would you roll? Here’s my top ten:

Clean Water – The survival business wouldn’t last very long without it. We’ll also need it for several other things in the list.

Bulleit Bourbon – One of those “Last Man On Earth” contemplative drinks. Also a handy antiseptic if I need to do a little Civil War battlefield surgery.

Hendrick’s Gin – For the British “stiff upper lip”ness of it. G&T’s helped the Raj keep on keepin’ on in India, so I’d imagine they’d do wonders for a survivor of some sort of plague/holocaust/catastrophe.

Chopin Vodka – Good for firebombing zombies, fuel and the occasional stiff drink.

Tonic Water – In case the world was done in by mosquitoes, tonic’s got quinine in it which should keep malaria at bay.

Coffee Concentrate – Sometimes you’ve got to stay up all night repelling vampires with crosses, stakes, and garlic. Cool Brew is a non-fussy caffeine delivery system. You can also mix it with the Bulleit for a cocktail full of win (I’ve tried).

Thomas Hardy’s Ale – You’re going to want a beer every now and then. Thomas Hardy’s Ale is arguably the most cellarable beer around (25 or more years), and it gets an A- on beeradvocate.com

Flavor Extract & Soda – I’m not a hard liquor swigger, so this stuff will help to cut the burn a bit.

Chateauneuf du Pape by the case – Long term thinking here; Chateauneuf du Pape doesn’t really hit its stride until ten years after it’s been bottled.

Gasoline – How else are you supposed to run the ice maker?

Bonus Pick from Alan Kropf:
Diamond Standard Vodka – In case you need to impress any post-apocalyptic ladies with some blingin’ vodka.


  1. Erin | Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    My picks would be:

    Water filtered with a restaurant style triple filtering system
    Aviation Gin & Tonic
    Manzanilla Sherry
    Glenlivet 18 Year
    Camel Valley Sparkling Wine
    Sparkling Sake
    Red Machine by Naked Juice
    Sumatra Lintong

    I think I could get along in an apocalypse quite well with these. I just need a red wine, that is too difficult. I think I’ll just tap into my street skills and steal Chris’s Chateauneuf du Pape.

  2. Katie | Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    I’ll take Bombay Sapphire over Hendrick’s but if somehow forgot to pack the gin, I wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, LOL.

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