May 20, 2013 (Day 11) – Brain-Duster

We return to the Professor’s book for this beast of a cocktail that has what has to be considered probably the most accurate name in the history of cocktails.

It’s called a Brain-Duster and it makes me think of the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

Its effects are similar to having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.

However, the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster’s directions are even more impressive.

  • Take the juice from one bottle of Ol’ Janx Spirit.

  • Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V — Oh, that Santraginean seawater! Oh, those Santraginean fish!

  • Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzine is lost).

  • Allow four litres of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it, in memory of all those happy hikers who have died of pleasure in the Marshes of Fallia.

  • Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qualactin Hypermint extract, redolent of all the heady odours of the dark Qualactin Zones, subtle, sweet and mystic.

  • Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger. Watch it dissolve, spreading the fires of the Algolian Suns deep into the heart of the drink.

  • Sprinkle Zamphuor.

  • Add an olive.

  • Drink… but… very carefully…

Don't Panic

But enough nerddom.


  • 1 oz absinthe
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • .5 oz bourbon
  • 2 dashes gum syrup

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with fine ice and stir well. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and fill with seltzer.

Mixing the faint green of the absinthe along with the darkness of the sweet vermouth gives it an almost forest green look.

Brain Duster


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