Bad Idea

The Korova Milk Bar from "A Clockwork Orange"

Something about A Clockwork Orange has always attracted me. We used to own the movie on Beta Max and I would occasionally ask my dad to watch it. Of course, I didn't see it until high school and even then probably wasn't ready. But it sticks with me. When a friend of mine was talking about a milk stout called Moloko, I immediate though of the Korova Milk Bar from ACO and how I always wanted to go there.

When I was in college in Iowa, I joked about the idea of opening a bar called the Milk Barn, inspired from Korova, and I still think about it now and again. I never worked out how it would work, but it would be in an old barn with milk-based drinks and instead of the women as tables, maybe farm animals? Yeah, bad idea, but I guess I like the theme of the sick and sweet that A Clockwork Orange seems to evoke so perfectly.

Here's a cocktail I would serve there:

Absinthe Suissesse

Absinthe Suissesse

  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) absinthe
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) orgeat syrup*
  • 1 egg white** or 2 tablespoons pasteurized liquid egg whites (optional)
  • 1 dash orange flower water (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice


In cocktail shaker, combine absinthe, orgeat syrup, egg white, orange flower water, and heavy cream or half-and-half. Add ice and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled highball glass with or without ice from the shaker and serve

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