Takashi “Mori” Morinozuka:  FAMILY

(Darjeeling tea, honey whiskey)

I like a cup of tea with an ounce of honey whiskey.  I don’t need anything more.

Pi(e) Break!

So forest-of-stories surprised us all with pie this evening!  Also, Spirited Characters just reached pi[1] followers!  To celebrate, enjoy this image of Tree Trunks proffering pie.  :D

[1] Well, OK, it was actually 314 followers, but this does not have the same ring to it. ;)

Pi(e) Break!

So forest-of-stories surprised us all with pie this evening!  Also, Spirited Characters just reached pi[1] followers!  To celebrate, enjoy this image of Tree Trunks proffering pie.  :D

[1] Well, OK, it was actually 314 followers, but this does not have the same ring to it. ;)

Haruhi Fujioka:  COMMON DRINK

(instant coffee, amaretto, cream)

I don’t see what the big deal is, sempai.  It’s just a cup of coffee with an ounce and a half of almond liqueur and a half ounce of cream.  My dad drinks it all the time.  I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

Mitsukuni “Honey” Haninozuka:  USA-CHAN’S FAVORITE

(Darjeeling tea, cream, orgeat, honey)

Haru-chan, come try our tea!  It’s Usa-chan’s favorite:  a cup of Darjeeling, a tablespoon of orgeat, a tablespoon of honey, and a tablespoon of cream.  The others say it’s too sweet, but I think it’s just right!

Saturday Grab Bag:  Thankfully, No Drinking Games

So I wasn’t able to find any Hayao Miyazaki drinking games, for which I am eternally grateful!  I did, however, find this cute-as-pie latte art depicting Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service (I was unable to find a source for it, sadly, so if you recognize it from somewhere please let me know!).

I also found some interesting drink recipes from D20 Girls Magazine, who had a Miyazaki Marathon with Ponyo Punch, Pom Poko Energy drinks, and Totoro’s Hot Tea.  And Cinema and Spice did a cute bathhouse specialty cocktail for Spirited Away as part of their Spirited Away Bento Box Dinner Party.  And, surprisingly, there was already a Ponyo cocktail, though the article mentions that this is just an affectionate nickname for the drink (which is a spherified aperol spritz).

That’s all for Miyazaki, at least for now—but we move from the sublime to the ridiculous in Japanese animation from here, because next week’s drinks are for Ouran High School Host Club!  This one was verbally requested by a couple of different people, whose names I sadly was not smart enough to write down.  Also, it marks the third week in a row of requested animated media (and the fourth one total)—I can’t tell if I’m driving the animated bus or various followers are,[1] but either way feel free to throw tomatoes at us as we drive by. ;)

[1] Bear is driving bus!  How can this be?

Recap — Miyazaki Mashups (Creature Quaffs from Studio Ghibli)

This week was a great deal of fun!  And I know I say that every week, but come on, it was mocktails based on cute critters from Studio Ghibli films—what’s not to like?  :)

Anyway, here’s what happened this week:

Sunday:  Forest Paths (Kodama) — Herb-infused almond milk
Monday: Familiar (Jiji) — catnip tea
Tuesday: Always Moving (Calcifer) — prairie fire/tequila sunrise mocktail variant
Wednesday: Ponyo Loves Sosuke (Ponyo) — aloe and orange fruit cocktail
Thursday: Wandering Soot (Susuwatari) — hot cocoa flavor shot
Friday: Lonely Gardener (Laputian Robot) — herbed aloe drink


Grab bag later today!

Laputian Robot:  LONELY GARDENER

(basil, aloe, lime, simple syrup)

I made this for that gardener we saw.  I like to think he would have liked it.  It’s ten ounces of aloe drink, and a half ounce of simple syrup, and a half ounce of lime juice, and a half ounce of minced basil.

[OOC note: This gentle giant appears in the Hayao Miyazaki film Laputa: Castle in the Sky.]

Susuwatari:  WANDERING SOOT

(cocoa powder, coffee syrup, caramel syrup)

Susuwatari are tiny creatures that are very delicate and easily crushed—a tablespoon of cocoa powder, an ounce and a half of hot water, a teaspoon of coffee syrup, and a teaspoon of caramel.  You must not mix them about, or they will turn back to ordinary hot cocoa.

[OOC note:  Susuwatari appear in the Hayao Miyazaki films My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.]

Brunhilde/Ponyo:  PONYO LOVES SOSUKE

(aloe drink, orange juice)

This is Ponyo’s drink.  It is half orange and half aloe—half and half, just like her!

[OOC note:  Ponyo appears in the Hayao Miyazaki film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, later simply titled Ponyo.]

Calcifer the Fire Demon:  ALWAYS MOVING

(orange juice, liquid smoke, Tabasco sauce, hot sauce, grenadine)

Oh don’t mind him, Sophie.  He’s got no taste.  You know the best drink out there, though?  It’s a cup of orange juice with a couple dashes of Tabasco, a teaspoon of grenadine, and an eighth-teaspoon of liquid smoke.  Oh, and then you top it with a few dashes of hot sauce.  Good stuff.

[OOC note:  Calcifer the Fire Demon appears in the Hayao Miyazaki film Howl’s Moving Castle.]