Today, October 13th, is Fox Mulder’s birthday.
Who is Fox Mulder, you may ask? He’s the male lead of the greatest sci-fi show to ever exist: The X-Files. The X-Files is inexplicably my favorite show in the world, and Mulder’s birthday is a day before mine, so you can understand why I had to celebrate the occasion in some fashion.
I’m a dork, I know.
Anyway, in honor of the occasion, I decided to create cocktails for Mulder and his partner on the show, Dana Scully! I tried to create two drinks that incorporated information from the show and reflected Mulder and Scully’s character traits. Make these cocktails before you sit down to watch an episode of The X-Files and then play this drinking game (or one of the many other X-Files drinking games on the internet).
Mulder and Scully touch.
Mulder mentions aliens.
Mulder mentions the truth.
Scully says that she’s a medical doctor.
Scully does an autopsy.
Cigarette Smoking Man appears.
They don’t actually solve the case.
Mulder’s Bee Sting
“If there’s an iced tea in that bag, it could be love.”
Makes 1 drink
2 oz. gin
1 oz. black tea, unsweetened
1/2 oz. orange juice
1 oz. lemon juice
1 tbsp. honey
Combine honey with 1 tablespoon water to make honey syrup. Mix well.
Add honey syrup, gin, tea, orange juice and lemon juice to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well.
Serve on the rocks, like Mulder’s relationship with Scully when Diana Fowley came to town.
Mulder drinks vodka/gin and orange juice in Syzygy, so I thought it was fitting to make Mulder’s drink a gin and juice with a splash of iced tea. I also wanted to riff on a bee theme – for obvious reasons. The Bee’s Knees is a cocktail from the Prohibition era that combines gin, lemon and honey. This cocktail is a combination of the two concepts. Sweet and tart, it just works – like Mulder and Scully’s relationship.
Scully’s Hot Scotch
Makes 1 drink
2 oz. scotch
1 oz. Fireball Whisky
1 oz. vanilla-infused vodka
Make a simple syrup by heating 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small pan just until the sugar dissolves. Stir and set aside.
Add scotch, Fireball and vanilla vodka to a shaker filled with ice. Add simple syrup to taste. Shake well.
Serve straight up.
I know that Scully’s drink of choice in Small Potatoes is red wine, but c’mon, I’m sure she needs something a little bit stronger once in a while to deal with Mulder’s shenanigans. Plus, like Scully, this drink is strong, hot and a little bit sweet.