Blow My Skull Off
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Drinking Cup
By 1850 there was still no licensed inns available in a newly colonised Australia yet after building the nations first church and hospital by paying workers with grog, needless to say a little rum went a long way. One such colonists concoction was the aptly named “Blow My Skull Off” as described at a cost of half a crown a wine glass, you could receive this drink comprising of a poisonous berry named [i]Cocculus indicius[/i], brandy, Turkish opium, cayenne pepper and rum – all mixed together with 5 parts water. The author Phillip Andrew finishes by stating, [i]“One good stir and it was ready for the table. A couple of good swigs and the mounted police turned out, hit everyone they could see, before the brawl reached the proportions of a riot.”[/i]
  • Cocculus Indicius (a poisonous alkaloid berry with stimulant properties)
  • Brandy
  • Turkish opium
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Rum
  • 5 parts water
  1. Muddle the berry into the base of a glass.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients stirring through with 5 parts water…Just don’t drink it!
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