Spirits Lifted

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Cocktail History

The Spirits Lifted is a savory Sips From Scripts original cocktail recipe that we created using the classic martini formula as an interpretation of paprikash, Wanda Maximoff’s favorite dish that Vision attempted to make in one of their first scenes together from Captain America: Civil War. First shared in honor of WandaVision’s release, it’s made with a peppered gin and split vodka base, one of which is flavored with garlic, along with vermouth, a homemade paprika tincture, smoke and salt bitters, and cocktail onions.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Peppered Gin: This is one of the base spirits. We chose Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin for its juniper-forward taste with notes of red pepper, black pepper, and pimento.

Russian Vodka: This is another base spirit. We used Russian Standard Vodka because it’s one of the most well-known Russian vodkas.

Garlic Vodka: This is the third base spirit. It adds garlic flavor. We used Chippewa River Distillery Trumie’s Garlic Vodka because it’s made locally to us.

Blanc Vermouth: This is a fortified wine that adds sweetness. We used Dolin Blanc Vermouth.

Paprika Tincture: This is a concentrated extract made with alcohol. It adds paprika flavor.

Smoke & Salt Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with lapsang souchong tea, salt, and botanicals. They add savoriness, smoky flavor, and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Crude Bitters Potter Smoke & Salt Bitters.

Cocktail Onions: These are the garnish. They add savory onion flavor and crunch.

Tasting Notes

The Spirits Lifted features the tingling aroma of paprika and savory onion and has a very rich and flavorful taste of pepper, garlic, onion, and sharp paprika spice on the swallow that stays in the throat.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Thanks to its spicy alcoholic punch, we like to think the Spirits Lifted would comfort Wanda just as much if not more than the meal from her homeland.

Alex’s Take: “This is a really interesting conceptual cocktail that is essentially a martini that combines a few of the flavors of paprikash, including pepper, paprika, garlic, and onion, and it came together as a very savory, spicy drink. The blanc vermouth was necessary to add a little more sweetness than standard dry vermouth would bring because I found the latter to be much too savory and not palatable enough. I probably wouldn’t make this on any given day, but it was fun to stretch my imagination with flavors that aren’t usually in a drink.”

Kendall’s Take: “I’ve never tried paprikash, but judging from the list of ingredients, we couldn’t get much closer to creating a version of it in cocktail form if we tried. It’s fairly dry and very savory, so I don’t know that I’d request this one again, but I love how much this cocktail pays homage to the beginning of Vision’s and Wanda Maximoff’s relationship, of which we get to see even more in WandaVision. If you’re a fan of the show or paprikash in general, this is worth trying at least once!”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Peppered Gin
 ¾ oz Russian Standard Vodka
 ¾ oz Garlic Vodka
 ½ oz Blanc Vermouth
 2 dashes Homemade Paprika Tincture
 1 dash Smoke & Salt Bitters
 2 Cocktail Onions

Method
1

Add peppered gin, vodka, garlic vodka, blanc vermouth, paprika tincture, bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cocktail onions.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Peppered Gin
 ¾ oz Russian Standard Vodka
 ¾ oz Garlic Vodka
 ½ oz Blanc Vermouth
 2 dashes Homemade Paprika Tincture
 1 dash Smoke & Salt Bitters
 2 Cocktail Onions

Directions

Method
1

Add peppered gin, vodka, garlic vodka, blanc vermouth, paprika tincture, bitters, and ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cocktail onions.

Spirits Lifted

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More Cocktails from Movies & TV Shows

If you like this cocktail recipe, here are a few others inspired by movies and shows we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Miruvor (The Lord of the Rings): A gin cocktail made with elderflower liqueur, white tea, honey syrup, and orange flower water

 Kuzcotopia (The Emperor’s New Groove): A pisco cocktail made with Aperol, passion fruit syrup, grapefruit juice, lime juice, Tres Amigos bitters, and a lime slice

 Butterbeer (Harry Potter): A stout beer and spiced rum cocktail made with evaporated milk, butter, margarine, vanilla extract, brown sugar, whole cloves, whole allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, whipped cream, and nutmeg

Tatooine Sunset (The Mandalorian): A tequila cocktail made with blue curaçao, pomegranate juice, grenadine, orange juice, lemon juice, and cherries

 Hot Peppermint Patty (Archer): A low-proof cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and chocolate

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