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July 9, 2009

The recipe for Romulan Ale, a la Landmark Theatres

moviedrinks.jpgOne of the best parts about the fancy new(ish) Landmark Theatres Harbor East is its liquor license.

Not only can you order a drink (wine, beer, liquor) at the lobby bar, you can actually take the drink into the theater with you.

Yesterday, the paper had a great piece by John-John Williams IV about the bar's snazzy mixed drink menu, which is updated as the movies change. We're talking a drink for each of the four main characters of Sex and the City. We're talking James Bond martinis.

And, most importantly, we're talking Romulan Ale. Yes, the theater did make its own (legal) version of the highly illegal liquor featured on the Star Trek movie series. Set phasers to stun ...

I mean, in the movie series, a small amount of this stuff is potent enough to rock Capt. James T. Kirk. It's like ... a photon torpedo to the liver.

But since there is no such thing as real Romulan Ale (Star Trek is, regrettably, fiction), Landmark Theatres has to make do with what they have. Here is their recipe for the stuff:

Romulan Ale, from the Star Trek menu

1.2 ounces Svedka Citron vodka

.6 ounces Svedka Clementine vodka

white cranberry juice


splash of Blue Curacao

(Baltimore Sun photo of various Landmark Theatre mixed drinks by Jed Kirschbaum)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:30 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


There WAS a commercially available Romulan Ale sold in a Star Trek-themed "museum" and gift shop in Las Vegas some years ago. I know three sci-fi-and-beer geeks who have single bottles in their colllections; unfortunately, the deep blue dye used for the stuff inside is strong enough to stain the insides of the clear bottles. It was supposedly, according to the few people who ever actually consumed the stuff, positively wretched--cheap "light" beer,stale and skunked from light exposure, with the additional bonus of staining your tongue blue. Want a photo of a bottle?

Yes please.

Note to the galley: Romulan Ale no longer to be served at diplomatic functions.

AND....for the price of case of wine in a liquor store, you can get a bottle of hollow-tasting Voga!

I am just being bitter...everytwhere else in Baltimore, with some exceptions, has dirt-cheap drinks, and I am willing to pay a little extra for a cockytail during a flick..

That being said, we definitely know where Landmark gets the majority of their cash flow...

Star Trek is, regrettably, fiction

Possibly the funniest 5 words on this blog, ever. Not sure why, but I definitely choked on my coffee.

I thought that was the blue stuff that Whoopie used to serve on Next Generation? I think my recipe would include PBR and something blue.

It's really for medicinal purposes, anyway.

TS, yes, I believe it is the same stuff. It might be the reason why she got the nickname Whoopi. But I'm not positive.

Also, my editor, Tim Swift, told me I would get bonus nerd points for naming the bar Whoopi worked in. It's Ten Forward.

How much are the drinks there? Overpriced?

Better to sneak in a flask of Captain Morgan's spiced rum then purchase a coke at the counter?

Less talk, more synthale.

This would never have happened at Quark's.

All this talk of Romulan Ale. Now prune juice...that's a warrior's drink.

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