Dark Isles Blitz: Drunkard of the Black Lagoon

“You know Joey, they just don’t get me man. All I want is some love, I mean that and fish.”, the Gill-man said at our swim up bar.
“Hey Gil, We’re all misunderstood around here, lets see if we can’t take your mind off it. After all it’s a party.”
I mixed up something with the swampy color of his far away home and slid it to him. I could see the effect as he drooped sleepily and begin to swim along with the music.
“What’s in this man? This hits hard.”
“Oh just something a river fisher told me about. He said it really mellowed out Devonian era fishmen.” The party was just getting in full swing and the Gill-man was already wasted. A monster after my own heart.

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The Creature of the Black Lagoon is one of those immortal movies that critics snub and fans love. You can say that about a lot of classic horror, but I’m not sure any of those films was more influential in future monster movies than this. The Gill-man certainly paved tmxmo halloweenhe way for modern favorites like the Predator, Alien, Jaws, and even Jurassic Park. The last monster to be admitted to the beloved Universal monsters pantheon he didn’t show up until the 50’s. He brought with him a bevy of innovative effects including underwater cameras and 3-D. Still even without the gimmicks this film stands the test of time making him one of the most collected and beloved of the Universal Monsters. So of course he had to make an appearance for MxMo Spooky Sips here on Rated R Cocktails.

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Sadly this means when it comes to tribute recipes most of the best names have been taken to. My buddy Jim is proud papa to the epic Gill-man Grog. Not only a very tasty cocktail but a super name as well. Sadly “The Black Lagoon” was also taken and is beyond rancid. While I’d like to usurp it my numbers can’t beat Martha Stewart even if my product is superior. I’ve probably watched this movie 50 times, and that’s not an exaggeration. In the interest of not stepping on the toes of others I decided to dig deeper in the movie for a reference. Rotenone is a compound used to sedate the creature and kill fish several times in the first movie as well as the beginning of the second. It’s also a real life chemical. In the movie it’s used to sedate the Creature more than once. I wanted the cocktail to seem swampy like the creature’s home. I also wanted to use funky agricole rums to emulate Brazilian sugar cane spirits. In the end I think we have a drink delightful enough to put a true Devonian era dynamo to bed.

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1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (We Like Coruba)
½ Neisson Eleve Sous Bois (Or other 100 proof aged Martinique rum if you just happen to have some)
½ Barbancourt White (You can try other white agricole)
¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz fresh pineapple juice
½ oz coffee syrup
½ oz blue curacao (We used Senior)
½ tsp absinthe (We used Lucid)

Shake together with ice and pour unstrained into a chimney. Garnish with a few mint sprigs and keep away from Gill-men if you can!



Lovely hints of molasses, pineapple, and anise in the nose. This drink’s flavor is like holding on through a fast river. The flavor keeps changing. The drink starts out light and bright full of lime, anise, and agricole, then the pineapple and dark rum make their appearance giving way to notes of sweet coffee. I like the way this drink kind of fools you into thinking it has Chartreuse. As it dilutes some of the orange peel notes come out more and the agricole is enhanced significantly. We used a few different rums to get here. Appleton Extra also does decently well in here but moves more to the background. I encourage the acquisition of Senior for this cocktail. It’s got a good flavor, but also the dye isn’t as strong as Bols. This helps get that green color easily.

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I’ve wanted to do a Creature of the Black Lagoon tribute drink for a long time. I wanna thank my buddy Dan for making me try again and this time succeed. I love this cocktail, I hope you’ll make it and tell me what you think in the comments below. Until next time…


“You get Hammered America!” – JFL

About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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