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 Anonymous
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14/06/2008 3:53 pm  

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

In view of the Thelemic Symposium being held this autumn we are compiling Crowley's Cocktail Recipes for which he was famous for at one time. Most of his recipes had things in them that are unfortunately due to these extremely oppressive times we live in today, illegal at the moment. If people can add to any of these please do, below is a list of all the ones I have heard of:

Kubla Khan No.2
Gin
Vermouth
Laudanum
[An interesting variation on a Martini]

Eagle Tail
Aged Brandy
Old Kirsch
Absinthe
Tabasco (few drops)
Crushed Ice
Syrup Of Ether
[Meant to be drunk down in one, nowhere near a naked flame [!!!], drink ice cold water just before else the ether will explode, as it evaporates in your mouth.]

Unknown Name
Raspberries soaked overnight in Grand Marnier
Floated in Pink Champagne

Alex

Love is the law, love under will.


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14/06/2008 5:43 pm  

There's an article on them in the issue of Fortean Times published here: http://www.lashtal.com/nuke/PNphpBB2-viewtopic-t-2554-highlight-cocktail.phtml

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 Anonymous
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15/06/2008 2:34 am  

Can you do his curry recipes too? I'm dying to try one......


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 Anonymous
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15/06/2008 10:47 am  

Herewith 3 more;

6urious 6rowley 6oncoctions

1) Cocktail (for cold nights or early morning breakfast before hunting) Ratan Devi.

1/3 grain Strychine Sulfate
2 tablespoons Absinthe
4 tablespoons 1811 (or 1848) Cognac
12 drops Mcilhenny's Tabasco Sauce

Shake thoroughly. Drink the cocktail at a single swallow, and repeat until a sensation of interior warmth proves that the danger of chill has been averted.

2) Cafe Hilarion.

2 peaches cut in quarters
1/4 pint yellow Chartreuse
1 pint best Moselle
1 pint Perier water

Place the peaches in a jug. Cover with a little powdered sugar. Fill the jug with ice. Pour in other ingredients, and serve.

3) Bunyip Cup.

Half fill a large jug with very carefully selected strawberries. Powder with sugar. On this place a layer of 2 inches of cracked ice. Add 1 small bottle of Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge. Set this aside in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Now fill jug with Pommery & Greno 1904 very thoroughly iced. Stir and serve.

Nick.


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23/06/2008 9:41 pm  

well tonight I made the "Unknown Name
Raspberries soaked overnight in Grand Marnier
Floated in Pink Champagne " It is outstanding!! I am going to have to add this to my list!


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24/10/2008 3:41 pm  

93!

Found a variation of the "Eagle Tail" called "Eagle Tail Maya": Old Brandy, Old Kirsch, Absinthe. Add (i) a few drops of Tabasco Sauce (ii) Syrup of Ether to taste. Shake with cracked ice. 666

Re-reading it I see the only variation is the adding of "Maya" to its name, well... anyway...

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 Anonymous
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24/10/2008 8:11 pm  

One certainly requires a well stocked bar to enjoy some of these cocktails! I get Absinthe from an ex-wife in Prague, but some of the others are even more challenging. 😆


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24/10/2008 8:33 pm  
"Camlion" wrote:
One certainly requires a well stocked bar to enjoy some of these cocktails! I get Absinthe from an ex-wife in Prague, but some of the others are even more challenging. 😆

I've been drinking absinthe for a few years now, and one of the best places I've found to purchase from is
http://www.absintheonline.com/

Thankfully, the US market is slowly starting to get some decent offerings. Leopold Bros and Obsello come to mind as good choices in the States. However, I prefer to order the better choices in Europe.


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24/10/2008 8:49 pm  

Eagle Tail
Aged Brandy
Old Kirsch
Absinthe
Tabasco (few drops)
Crushed Ice
Syrup Of Ether
[Meant to be drunk down in one, nowhere near a naked flame [!!!], drink ice cold water just before else the ether will explode, as it evaporates in your mouth.]

It explodes? Really? 😯 How are we defining "explode" here..I mean like "no more bottom jaw" explode or like "pop rocks" explode. That's just..well strange is what it is. Why would you want to drink such a thing ? I'm not gonna risk blowing my face off for a cocktail, you know? It must be a pop rocks kind of explode. Regardless, Has anyone here made this...and or seen it go wrong..(or right I supose...I'm totally curious for some reason)? LOL. God that's strange to me..an exploding cocktail. Hummm, sounds stressful to me, which would be tad counter productive in MY drinking world.

Interesting, although I dont think I'd be willing to try such a thing.

Kym


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25/10/2008 12:00 am  
"Sol2Sol" wrote:
"Camlion" wrote:
One certainly requires a well stocked bar to enjoy some of these cocktails! I get Absinthe from an ex-wife in Prague, but some of the others are even more challenging. 😆

I've been drinking absinthe for a few years now, and one of the best places I've found to purchase from is
http://www.absintheonline.com/

Thankfully, the US market is slowly starting to get some decent offerings. Leopold Bros and Obsello come to mind as good choices in the States. However, I prefer to order the better choices in Europe.

Yes, that is an excellent website.


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25/10/2008 3:47 pm  

adonia444 says;

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Eagle Tail
Aged Brandy
Old Kirsch
Absinthe
Tabasco (few drops)
Crushed Ice
Syrup Of Ether
[Meant to be drunk down in one, nowhere near a naked flame [!!!], drink ice cold water just before else the ether will explode, as it evaporates in your mouth.]

It explodes? Really? How are we defining "explode" here..I mean like "no more bottom jaw" explode or like "pop rocks" explode. That's just..well strange is what it is. Why would you want to drink such a thing ? I'm not gonna risk blowing my face off for a cocktail, you know? It must be a pop rocks kind of explode. Regardless, Has anyone here made this...and or seen it go wrong..(or right I supose...I'm totally curious for some reason)? LOL. God that's strange to me..an exploding cocktail. Hummm, sounds stressful to me, which would be tad counter productive in MY drinking world.

I suspect that it is not suggesting a "pop rocks" style explosion but something more alarming... Though probably not as far as "no bottom jaw". Are the bracketed safety instructions original? What is the source?

I ask because back in the 80s, when I was operating a "psychedelic" light show, one of the toys we used was Ether slides which meant working with bottled Ether and a hot slide machine. (We got legal permission to buy it in large bottles from the chemist as we could demonstrate a non-recreational use!!). No explosions occured so the suggestion of spontaneous ones following contact with body temperature rings slightly alarmist to me. The slides work by trapping drops of ether between glass in ink and then heating them so the trapped gas expands creating fantastic random patterns. So we had ether fumes being generated within a very hot slide machine and no explosions (one very happy machine operator though!).

I can see how the chilled ether would expand on contact with your mouth and could possibly produce an aerosal effect - spraying the liquid back out under pressure (if your mouth was closed). I don't really see how the threatened ignition would happen though (cigars would probably not be too good an idea).

As to sounding "stressful" - we did find that ether has the effect of removing stress almost completely 😀 I well remember an evening where a club organiser who had just lost £2000 on a single evening found that he could not stop grinning and even offered to personally help carry equipment across town by hand after a quick sniff of the bottle...


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30/11/2009 3:45 am  

I get Absinthe from an ex-wife in Prague, but some of the others are even more challenging.

Where is your most challenging ex, Camlion?

Absinthe, Prague, what's not to love ❓ ❗


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30/11/2009 4:58 am  
"N.C.Bishop-Culpeper" wrote:
Herewith 3 more;

6urious 6rowley 6oncoctions

1) Cocktail (for cold nights or early morning breakfast before hunting) Ratan Devi.

1/3 grain Strychine Sulfate
2 tablespoons Absinthe
4 tablespoons 1811 (or 1848) Cognac
12 drops Mcilhenny's Tabasco Sauce

Shake thoroughly. Drink the cocktail at a single swallow, and repeat until a sensation of interior warmth proves that the danger of chill has been averted.

The instructions should read "repeat until a sensation of interior warmth proves the danger of chill has been averted and walk toward the light where your loved ones are waiting"


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 Anonymous
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02/12/2009 6:01 pm  

Hi
Thanks all,

Some of these sound delicious, and not far off established cocktails, but the jaw exploder and strychnine sulphate sound a bit over the top, even before a morning's hunting. I remember strychnine well in LSD, horrible stuff, made the trip flash all over the place, I wonder how much and what effect these proportions would induce in alcohol. Re: Laudenum, that seems to be the holy grail of the romantic poets bibendum, has anyone ever been able to experiment wth this stuuff? Obviously I no longer experiment in such substances, but there was time when I was interested in the changes in consciousness they produce, and I wonder if any Lashtal members have any anecdotes thy might share about such experiences ?


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02/12/2009 9:38 pm  
"Melissa" wrote:
Re: Laudenum, that seems to be the holy grail of the romantic poets bibendum, has anyone ever been able to experiment wth this stuuff? Obviously I no longer experiment in such substances, but there was time when I was interested in the changes in consciousness they produce, and I wonder if any Lashtal members have any anecdotes thy might share about such experiences ?

A partner of mine recently had the joyous experience of passing a hellish kidney stone. In the ER, after an hour or so of tests, lab work, mild painkillers which did little for him, and frequent, loud, groaning moaning cursing and screaming, a nurse finally showed up with a syringe of laudenum. Or as he said to us: "Don't worry, now you're getting thegood stuff from Afghanistan."

According to my friend, it worked spectacularly for the pain, but otherwise was not what he would consider suitable for 'recreational purposes'. Too mind-numbing. Perhaps with lower doses the changes in consciousness would be more manageable, rather than like getting smothered with a 10-ton pillow. But in his and my experience even lower doses of milder opiates don't inspire fun/productive/interesting consciousness experimentation. I even distinguish between indica and sativa since the former is more opiate-like and the latter more psychedelic, so when using herb for medical purposes, indica is preferred and when using it recreationally, sativa is preferred.

I suppose it depends on how your mind/body works - for me, opiates knock me out rather than spark creativity, cause no dreams rather than interesting dreams, inspire laying around rather than doing something creative, so they are not what I would consider to be fun or magical mind expanding tools.


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