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Pirates vs. Absinthe: the sequel
kali921 wrote in metaquotes
oakenguy illustrates the payoff of reading gastronomical history:

I just read a rather boring paragraph about various restaurants in 19th century New Orleans.

That was not the exciting part.

It ended with a description of one particular bar-room.

Still not exciting.

The final sentence, however, ended with "...and tradition points to it as the place wherein General Andrew Jackson and the pirate Jean Lafitte planned the Battle of New Orleans over an absinthe frappe."


This needs to be turned into a movie. It'd be like My Dinner With Andre, only with absinthe. And pirates. And a British spy. And two of the most macho men walking the earth in 1812 sharing a drink with a single straw.

Context is busy making blood orange saffron tartlets right here.

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absinthe frappe

Oh ye gods, I just had a full-body spasm of revulsion at reading that phrase. Because I can very vividly imagine the consistency and flavor of such a concoction, and it's somewhere around "frothy NyQuil sno-cone", but with added sensory violence.

Out of all the addictions that one could possibly have, absinthe has always seemed to me to be both the most pretentious and totally lame.

It's a fairly girly drink too. Cracked ice, sugar syrup and seltzer gives it some issues. The absinthe has trouble keeping it a manly drink.

It'll burn your nostrils when drunk straight, though. If you ARE brave enough to get over the burning sensation and sip it straight (I recomed very small sips) it can be manly.

'course it's also about 140-150 proof, too, so drinking it straight is not well advised in large quantities.

I would watch that movie.

But I also agree with takhisis that an absinthe frappe sounds fairly revolting. "Frothy NyQuil sno-cone" indeed.

I am seized with the sudden urge to drop everything I'm in the middle of (and that's a lot, since I'm a Ph.D. student in a field that has nothing to do with the history of New Orleans, British spies or pirates) and immediately go into an orgy of research on Andrew Jackson, Jean Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans, culminating in a story that will likely wind up just being historical slash.

If someone else would write it, though, I'd love to read it!

If someone else would write it, though, I'd love to read it!

Me too! And then I'd love to see it turn AU where Henry Clay somehow used it to bite Jackson in the ass in the 1820s Presidential campaigns.

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Any or all of the folks in this thread need to make this story/movie STAT.

An absinthe frappe??? A movie like that could be a seriously funny if done well.


As are the comments.

That is all.

*squeals and claps like a little girl*

That mental image is so many kinds of win.

Could who ever writes this please post it to historic_slash? The video makers are starting to take over and if I'm going to hell in a handbasket I want more to read on the way.

Hi, I just stopped in to say that pwnir is officially my favorite French word. Right up there with parapluie.

O.M.G., fetch some indie filmmakers and crank this sucker out NOW.

Better hurry up and film it for cheap before the moviemakers really gear up around here.

QUICK, TO HOLLYWOOD! I'll bring the financial backers! They had Starbucks back then, right? The marketing tie-ins are ENDLESS! (And illegal, but that's neither here nor there...when has illegality ever stopped big business?)

Pirates? Absinthe? Two of my FAVORITE THINGS EVER.

I will die of absolute GLEE if this is made.

Pirates vs Absinthe: the sequel

You're too late they made that movie in 1958 and in 1939. It was called The Buccaneer and starred Charlton Heston as Andrew Jackson and Yul Brynner as Jean La Fitte. I saw it years ago and I checked IMDb to be sure of the facts. It was actually a remake of a 1939 Cecil B. DeMille version with Frederic March and Anthony Quinn according to Leonard Maltin.

Re: Pirates vs Absinthe: the sequel

The Buccaneer (chuck and yul) is actually a damn good movie. But I think it could use a bit more alcohol. Or you could just have a party with the aforementioned frappes and watch the movie--drunk. Very drunk. Then maybe the pirate girl that thinks Jean Lafitte would ever love her may not seem like such a dirty slut.

Pirates vs Absinthe: The Buccaneer

I wanted to reply to both caffinatedasie and purpleivey and since I'm new to Live Journal and this morning was the first time I've ever made a comment on metaquotes and this is the first time I've tried to reply to two comments at once, this is the only way I can figure to do it. Let me know if there is an easier way.

Anyway, I checked IMDb again to see who directed the 1958 version of The Buccaneer, I was astounded to find out it was Anthony Quinn and that he used the same screenplay as the 1938 version. Since he appeared in the original and he was married to DeMille's daughter at that time, I guess they wanted to keep it all in the family. Anyway, it was a good movie and Yul Brynner was much better suited to the role of Jean LaFitte than Frederic March was. Didn't the song "The Battle of New Orleans" come out about that time too, did it come from the movie?

One more piece of trivia, that wasn't the first time Charlton Heston played Andrew Jackson. In 1953 he played Jackson in The President's Lady, costaring with Susan Hayward as the lady in question.

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