Stanley Kubrick changed a fundamental element in Jack Torrance’s personality for his screen adaption of The Shining : the man’s preferred drink. Bourbon on the rocks is a solid go-to drink, however, in Stephen King’s mind Torrance was a martini guy. In both renditions Torrance gave up drinking. For those who love a stiff cocktail, The Shining illuminates the dangers of quitting a beloved past-time.
Indeed, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Redrum Gin Martini Recipe
- 3 oz Gin
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- Dash of orange bitters
- 1/4 lemon, squeezed
- Red food coloring* for the ice cube
- Combine red food coloring with water and pour into ice tray. Freeze.
- Combine gin, vermouth, bitters, lemon, and ice. Stir or shake to infuse flavors together.
- Strain over red ice cube.
- Look out for Johnny!
*Use liquid food coloring as the gel variety will cause the color to fall to the bottom.