Dec. 21, 2012 End of the World Drinks

Two Swampscott area restaurants will swing into the end-of-the-world spirit by serving special cocktails on Friday.

Here's to earth.

Across the land on Dec. 21, the planet's last day soothsayers say, men and women will hop from bar stools and rise from chairs.

They'll raise their champagne flutes, martini glasses and beers.

And they'll toast the nice long planetary run we've had. About 4.5 billion years, scientists say.  

Here's mud in your eye. And fire in the sky.

But first, Dec. 21, end-of-the-world parties will spill from east to west. In Las Vegas one club’s customers will dress like dead celebrities and clink glasses holding Mayan's Blood cocktails.

At least two Swampscott area restaurants will be serving doomsday drinks, too.

The Paradiso Ristorante in Swampscott and the Blue Ox in Lynn, owned by Swampscott resident Matt O'Neil, have their last creations ready.

Paradiso's manager Connie Carenza had, as of late Wednesday, yet to decide on the name of their drink but she and her bartender had settled on the ingredients.

The name will be either the Hot and Dirty Ending or Don't Have to Worry About a Hangover.

It will be served in a tall, large thin-stemmed martini glass, the contents Grey Goose vodka, hot cherry pepper juice, olive juice and garnished with hot cherry peppers and olives.

It'll be your gateway to heaven or the other place, Connie said. The olive juice gravitating you toward the pearly gates and the hot pepper juice pulling you toward the barking dog with three heads.

The Blue Ox's Matt O'Neil and beverage director Charlie Gaeta have the name of their creation.

It's the Corpse Reviver (Survivor) No. 21.

The drink is a variation on a Harry Craddock classic — the Corpse Reviver No. 2 hangover cure — from his standard bearer of a book The Savoy Cocktail Book.

The Gaeta version will be a champagne cocktail with some high-end local ingredients.

It will have Ethereal Gin from Berkshire Mountain Distilllers, lemon juice, St. Germain Elderflower liquer, house orange bitters, house absinthe bitters and a rose champagne.

It will have a reddish hue and make a fine farewell drink.

It will sell for $11 and be served in a tall champagne flute.

It won't have too much alcohol so customers can drink it before, during or after dinner.

As a variation on Harry Craddock's hangover cure, the No. 21, will revive its drinkers after the end of the world on Friday.

Here's to life as we know it.

pankaj December 20, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I love my mom,dad,bro.,sis.nd my g.f.If something will wrong wd ne on 21st,dec.or i will be die.God save my mom,dad,bro.,sis nd g.f.bcz i will be loved their after my death.i love you all my loves nd lovers wd my painfull heart.
Terry Date (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Dear Pankaj, some people have predicted these kinds of things in the past. There was one back in May of this year. We are still here. Most people including the scientific community, restaurants serving end of the world drinks and 99 percent of the people on the street think the predictions are bologna, not true.
David Arsenault December 20, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Mary DeChillo December 20, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Given the events of this week, changing the name of the drink should be considered or perhaps postponing the event.


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