“Back off, man. I’m a scientist”
Welcome to a new year of spooky Cocktails, where we choose a Halloween film and create a fitting Cocktail to enjoy alongside, I’ll give you a little history into each film and the know-how to create a delicious themed Cocktail.
The original 1984 film, entitled Ghostbusters didn’t know it yet, but it would become one of the greatest, most rewatched and loved movies of its decade and to be honest, the 80s produced a lot of competition.
The movie was released on the 7th of December that year in the UK, it was directed by Ivan Reitman, starring the unforgettable Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Annie Potts.
The idea for the story and the screenplay was created by Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd & Rick Moranis, but the show’s creation is largely attributed to Dan Aykroyd, a man who has always had a fascination with the spirit world.
He grew up within a family that had long believed in the supernatural, his father had published a book ‘A History of Ghosts’ his mother claimed to have seen ghosts, his grandfather experimented with contacting the dead with radios and his great grandfather was a known spiritualist.
Upon the script’s original creation, Eddie Murphy was envisioned to play the role of Winston Zeddemore, but was filming Beverly Hills Cop at the time.
“That’s a big Twinkie”
Other famous actors were also considered for different roles, for instance, the role of Dr. Peter Venkman could have seen Robin Williams, Michael Keaton, Richard Pryor, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase or Steve Guttenberg and the role of Egon Spengler could have seen Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd or John Lithgow.
They had to pay a lot of money for the name Ghostbusters.
At the time ‘Ghostbuster’ belonged to a 1970’s children’s show called ‘The Ghost Busters’, which was owned by Universal Studios, the team considered alternative names like ‘Ghostsmashers’ Ghoststoppers’ or Ghostbreakers’ but by the end, the name Ghostbusters was sold for $500,000 and 1% of the film’s profits.
There are 4 Ghostbusters films, the original two, a poorly received remake and then more recently, a fairly decent creation.
- Ghostbusters (1984)
- Ghostbusters II (1989)
- Ghostbusters (2016)
- Ghostbusters Afterlife (2021)
Ghostbusters also made its way into the Video Game world, with one game, in particular, serving as the long awaited 3rd film to the franchise. Ghostbusters: The Video Game, released in 2009, was written by Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis, with an almost full original cast of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd. Harold Ramis. Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts & William Atherton voicing their respective characters.
“He slimed me”
There is a lot more to discover about the creation, production, filming and release of Ghostbusters, but it’s now time to meet the Sparkling Wine that will help create our Ghostbusters Cocktail.
The Sparkling Wine – Villa Sandi Prosecco
Villa Sandi produces what seems to be like an endless supply of Prosecco, but without ever compromising on quality, no matter what bottle you decide to pick up, especially including their outstanding Trophy Winning Rosé Prosseco, you will get an enjoyable experience,
“The ‘il Fresco’ range from Villa Sandi translates to ‘The Fresh’ range which hopefully gives you an idea of the style of wine you will be enjoying.“
Located in the picturesque region of Prosecco, Villa Sandi has had a foothold in the region since 1622, thanks to their Palladian-style Villa located among the green hills of the Marca Trevigiana, the Moretti Polegato family, for several generations have dedicated their time producing and sharing their Wines, Sparkling Wines and Proseccos around the world.
You can explore The Sparkling Wines of Villa Sandi right here on Glass of Bubbly to see what else they offer.
Villa Sandi Prosecco Brut DOC Biological il Fresco – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Green fruits, green apples, green pears, flow into a delicate green apple puree, homegrown garden herbs and apple blossom, plus an array of similar floral notes on the aroma.”
Flavour – “Soft, delicate, creamy green characters, freshly picked green apples, green apple skin, green apple flesh, green pears and homegrown garden herbs on the balanced palate.”
Silver Medal in the Herbal Gardens Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022
Amáre Vodka has recently added two flavoured Vodkas to their range, with one of them being Passionfruit flavoured, each of their Vodkas are 5 times distilled, the reason? Studies have apparently proven that the cleaner the alcohol, the less impact it has on the body.
The company was founded by three friends, Jake Chapman-Brown, Isaac Mayne and reality star Callum Alexandre Izzard, their Amàre Vodka is distilled in Yorkshire using the finest British ingredients.
The Slime Puft Cocktail
- Simple Syrup
- Liquid Peppermint
- Green Food Colouring
How To Make The Stay Puft Cocktail
- Start With 15mls of Vodka
- Then Add 20mls of Simple Syrup
- 1 Drop of Peppermint
- 100mls of Prosecco
- A Few Drops of Green Food Colouring
- Include A Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and a Twig of Thyme As A Garnish
Slime Puft Cocktail Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Fresh, warming/comforting green characters, exciting peppermint, green garden herbs, and notes of passionfruit on the aroma.”
Flavours – “Delicate notes of passionfruit, green apples and prominent peppermint, a touch of freshly grown Garden herbs, apple flesh on the palate, a presence of jelly green apple sweets.”