Drink to The Deadlands

By: Sean Markey, publisher.


It’s coming up on two weeks since we launched The Deadlands.

There was a lot of celebration around this new zine coming into the world, which I was excited to be a part of.

I wanted to mark the launch by raising a glass–alcoholic or otherwise–to toast my beloved death mag and wish it well.

I asked Elise “who could help create some special drinks for us?”

Molly Tanzer, obviously,” Elise said.

So, I reached out to Molly to see if she could travel to The Deadlands and come back with some drink recipes that we could make and celebrate with.

What she brought back is strange and enchanting, familiar and foreign. Two alcoholic drinks and one super refreshing non-alcoholic beverage.

Take it away, Molly:

The Psychopomp’s Kiss

This dessert cocktail uses Cynar, an artichoke-based amaro, Amarula cream, a cream liqueur made from the African amarula fruit, and walnut liqueur, to create a flavor both sweet and bitter. Based on a drink served at the Sazerac Bar in New Orleans, let it escort you over the threshold into the evening, if not into the beyond.

  • 1 oz Amarula Cream
  • 1 oz Cynar 
  • 1 oz nocino 
  • Orange bitters
  • Flamed orange peel

Combine the ingredients in a mixing pitcher or cocktail shaker, stir with lots of ice until cold. Serve up, with a flamed orange peel. 

Ophelia’s Bouquet

Bonal is a French amaro redolent with mysterious herbs. Here it lends a gin martini a garden-fresh, medicinal kick, if that’s your kind of thing.

  • 2 oz gin
  • ½ oz good dry vermouth
  • 8 drops Bonal

Combine all ingredients in a mixing pitcher or cocktail shaker and stir with lots of ice until cold. Serve up. 

Thyme Enough

This non-alcoholic refresher can be enjoyed anywhere, anyplace…maybe even forever.

  • 6 oz Lemonade
  • 1 oz Honey-thyme syrup
  • Seltzer water
  • Thyme sprig
  • Lemon garnish

Put 1 oz honey-thyme syrup in a tall glass, add ice. Add lemonade and top with seltzer water for fizz. Garnish with extra thyme and lemon wedges.

Honey-Thyme Syrup

  • ½ c honey
  • ½ c water
  • 5 or 6 big sprigs of thyme

Stir together honey, water, and thyme sprigs in a pot over low heat until the honey melts together with the water and you can smell the thyme. Put in a heat-proof container and chill for several hours in the refrigerator.

Amazing and delicious!

Grab these ingredients on your next grocery run (or–don’t wait! Just go!) and make one or three. Snap a pic and @ us on Twitter @TheDeadlands.

Molly Tanzer is the author of the Diabolist’s Library trilogy: Creatures of Will and Temper, the Locus Award-nominated Creatures of Want and Ruin, and Creatures of Charm and Hunger. She is also the author of the weird western Vermilion, an io9 and NPR “Best Book” of 2015and the British Fantasy Award-nominated collection, A Pretty Mouth. Her critically acclaimed short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science FictionLightspeed, and Transcendent: The Year’s Best Trans and Nonbinary Speculative Fiction, and elsewhere. Follow her on Instagram @molly_tanzer or @wickedmilkhotel on Twitter. She lives outside of Boulder, CO with her cat, Toad.

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