A little background about the series of posts I’m going to be doing on this topic. While this is a drink creation it isn’t the kind of thing one might normally find in a bar or even in a restaurant I’m hoping it will eventually be something unique and tasty.
For starters those who don’t know what Mudder’s Milk references need to go out and buy a copy of the firefly box set. The show is 10 years old, only had half a season and it still blows the doors off of most stuff on TV today.
The crew lands on a moon where the primary export is mud used to make ceramics and most of the inhabitants are indentured servants, basically slaves. The bar in the worker village serves a (presumably) disgusting “beer” called Mudder’s Milk. As Jayne describes it “All the protein, vitamins and carbs of your grandma’s best turkey dinner, plus fifteen percent alcohol.”
They go on to describe it as liquid bread used to keep the workers healthy and knock them out to prevent revolt.
I had the good fortune to meet a woman who spent time with one of the local pirate groups. There are apparently several, and similar to the SCA they do a bit of period recreation and more than a bit of camping, hanging out and drinking. She served as both ships cook and alchemist, meaning that she made up the menus and bought all of the alcohol for their little crew. We traded ideas back and forth about mixed drinks, alcohol quality, camping equipment and ease of transport. After a few drinks and quite a bit of conversation the question became if anyone had developed a drinkable version of Mudder’s Milk or if someone had made a cocktail of the same name.
Casual research didn’t turn up much:
Item 1 was an attempt to do justice to the quote mechanically, but a combination of cider, Guinness, milk, rye and vodka not to mention the whey powder and multi-vitamins was beyond gross sounding.
Item 2 Similar idea but easier execution. Still, soy milk and brewers yeast are not in my list of best drink ingredients. Nor is the combination of soy and grain alcohol really much of a crowd pleaser.
Item 3 Actually comes from a reference to the same drink as an item in World of Warcarft. I was more pleased with the results here but it’s really just a white Russian with milk and bailey’s. Nothing original here.
Item 4 Is actually a site for home brewers giving options for making your own beer. I’m not much of a beer drinker, or any kind of brewer so I can’t say much about these except that the highest one caps out just above 10% ABV which isn’t anything like the 15% claimed in the show.
So lacking anything unique, tasty, complete or appropriate it behooved me as a budding bartender to correct this mistake and make something both good to drink and in keeping with as much of the quote as I felt necessary.