Building a Better Breaking Bad Cocktail

Crystal blue persuasion
Crystal blue persuasion Photo: Stevendepolo/Flickr

Oliverio at The Avalon Hotel reaches out to tell us it has a new cocktail menu themed after this year’s Emmy-nominated shows. Among them are drinks for Downton Abbey, Mad Men, and Boardwalk Empire, with all of the seven drinks based around Stillhouse Original Moonshine and served by the bar or pool at $13 a pop through this Sunday, when The Emmys take place. Since we’re counting on Breaking Bad to hijack top honors, we took a closer look at Oliverio’s show-themed libation here, called “Blue Crystal,” a mix of Stillhouse, Malibu rum, pineapple juice, blue Curacao, and sprite with a sugar rim. Yeah, not bad. But we think we can break a little better.

First off, the drink has to be called “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” and obvious to any fan who watched Walt Jr. puke in the pool or a certain Mexican cartel Don disagree with his Zafiro Anejo, this sucker should be tequila-based.

It could surely take a spritz of Schraderbrau beer, a shot of O.J., and has to include a pinch of chile powder to ward off potential psychopaths. And really, wouldn’t a rock candy swizzle stick made with this stuff serve as the perfect garnish?

In any case, a valiant attempt on Oliverio’s part. Check out the restaurant’s full Emmy cocktail menu below and let us know your own T.V. show-related improvements on their drinks in our comments.


Boardwalk Empire: Salty Dog
Stillhouse Original Moonshine, Grapefruit juice

Breaking Bad: Blue Crystal
Stillhouse Original Moonshine, Malibu rum, pineapple juice. Sprite, Blue Curacao, sugar rim

Homeland: Homeland Lemonade
Stillhouse Original Moonshine, lemonade, peach puree, cranberry juice

Mad Men: White Manhattan
Stillhouse Original Moonshine, white vermouth, Cointreau, bitters

Girls: No Sleep ‘til Brooklyn
Stillhouse Original Moonshine, triple sec, simple syrup, lychee puree

Game of Thrones: Bloody Stark
Stillhouse Original Moonshine, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, salt & pepper

Downton Abbey: Grantham 75
Stillhouse Original Moonshine, lemonade, prosecco

Building a Better Breaking Bad Cocktail