Review: SteamDrunks

SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks
by Chris-Rachael Oseland
File Size: 246 KB
Print Length: 158 pages
Publisher: Palmyran Rebels (January 19, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

(Barry’s score 1 star out of 5)

Product description:

SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks gently escorts you through the treacherous waters of 19th century mixology.

You’ll find authentic Victorian punch recipes that could be confused for farmer’s cheese, tea recipes which will knock you out rather than wake you up, and downright chewable eggy cream curdles.

Along the way, you’ll also find some shockingly tasty 19th century recipes made from all natural ingredients you already have at home.

Whether you’re looking for a delicate cocktail to impress a fine corset clad lady or industrial quantities of affordable Victorian punch to serve the entire crew of your airship, you’ll find the perfect Steampunk themed drink inside the pages of SteamDrunks.

My thoughts:

I guess this book fits into the glue gears on it and call it steampunk category. The author doesn’t bother to tell us WHAT a steampunk cocktail is? What sets a steampunk cocktail apart from — a cocktail?

Be honest. You bought this book because you thought it was going to be an endless parade of gin and absinthe, maybe with a little rum thrown in for people who cosplay Airship Sky Pirates. You’ll find those drinks near the end.

Oseland, Chris-Rachael (2012-01-19). SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks (Kindle Locations 43-45). Palmyran Rebels. Kindle Edition.

I suppose that the woman on the cover holding up a glass with a green beverage gave me the impression that absinthe would be covered. Sadly, only 10 absinthe cocktails are mentioned in the book. The author doesn’t even bother to cover the basic method of serving an absinthe cocktail; sugar cube on a slotted spoon creating a louche.

Reasonable people enjoyed the idea that Absinthe let them flirt with danger while also understanding the reality that it tastes like melted licorice stored in gym socks.

Oseland, Chris-Rachael (2012-01-19). SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks (Kindle Locations 1554-1555). Palmyran Rebels. Kindle Edition.

If absinthe is that bad, why give us the recipes for the cocktails at all? I suppose the biggest disappointment with this book would have to be the lack of documentation. In a recipe called Strong Colonial Milk Punch the author says, “It’s allegedly drinkable in six weeks, though considered far better if left to sit for a full six months.”

Oseland, Chris-Rachael (2012-01-19). SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks (Kindle Locations 196-197). Palmyran Rebels. Kindle Edition.

Who says that the beverage is drinkable in six months? Where is the documentation for these “authentic” Victorian recipes? The author says in the introduction that, ” Or, in the case of these recipes, drinks real people can mix in their own kitchens.” How many kitchens just happen to have a cask?

With no documentation of where the author got these recipes, I give this abomination 1 star in 5 and strongly suggest giving this toxic ebook a pass. As for a cocktail, I think that the Borgias would do better.

Cocktail à la Louisiane

As many of you know, I like to collect cocktail recipes made with the notorious spirit known as the “green fairy” or absinthe.  Over the years, I have managed to collect over two dozen of  the classics, and I want to share one from my region of the world with you for the holidays.

For several years absinthe had a bad reputation, it was considered addictive and even poisonous. During the decades that it was banned, people turned to other spirits or simply omitted absinthe. Nearly forgotten, absinthe  is making its return. In many of the old recipes, there was only a few dashes of absinthe (a little absinthe goes a long way).

Here is a classic recipe for Cocktail à la Louisiane with absinthe: (garnish with brandied cherries)

  • 2 OUNCES
  • ¾ OUNCE
  • ¾ OUNCE
  • 3 DASHES
  • 3 DASHES

Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass and add ice. Stir well until the cocktail is chilled and strain the contents into glass. Add one large ice cube and garnish with three brandied cherries on a cocktail pick.

It’s a taste of Louisiana —and hell— even the brandied cherries look a little like Christmas!

Murdoch and The Green Muse

One of my favorite shows is Murdoch Mysteries. In this episode (The Green Muse) Murdoch and Doctor Julia Ogden experiment with absinthe and almost have a frisky encounter. Did the writer’s forget that Julia has claimed, in an earlier episode, that she couldn’t have children? Perhaps she is saying that Murdoch may have a disease?

At any rate, it would seem that absinthe isn’t as villainous as it’s legend.

Absinthe Chrysanthemum

English: Absinthe fountain with four taps at t...
English: Absinthe fountain with four taps at the Pravda Bar in New Orleans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


1 teaspoon absinthe
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Benedictine liqueur
1/4 cup (2 ounces) dry vermouth
1 cup ice cubes
1 thin strip orange peel


Pour the absinthe, Benedictine liqueur, and vermouth into a cocktail shaker and stir. Stir in the ice and chill for a minute before straining into a glass. Add the orange peel before serving.

Absinthe Curacao Frappe Recipe

It looks as though tropical storm/hurricane Isaac may pass me by as it whirls it’s way west of me. It’s an odd sight watching one neighbor board up his house while another leaves freshly pruned branches all over his yard. Let’s just say that it made for an interest and loud discussion. Some of you may feel the need for a hurricane party.

Here is another absinthe recipe called “Absinthe Curacao Frappe Recipe.”


  • 1 oz Absinthe
  • 1/2 oz Curacao
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Orange Juice
  • 1 slice Orange

Mix together with crushed ice and add orange slice.

Absinthe QuasiMojito

Do you like Mojitos? Have you tried Absinthe?

I’m planning to give you some cool Absinthe drink ideas that will be perfect for your *adult* Halloween party! Keeping checking on Saturdays for more Absinthe ideas.



Muddle lemon wedges and mint leaves enough to bruise. Add ice, absinthe, and simple syrup, and shake well. Pour into a tall glass, and top with a splash of club soda and a splash of 7UP

I realize that my method doesn’t match match the video exactly. Try the mojito both ways — and no driving *smile*

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