Character Cocktail: No. 73 (Clayface)
Surprise! Another Character Cocktail!
Season 2 of Harley Quinn premiered on Friday. Elie and I really enjoy this adult animated comedy series. It’s zany, violent, charming, fun, and has a great voice cast. To celebrate the start of the new season, I decided to create a cocktail for the principal character that is the most similar to who I am.
The Character: Clayface
In Harley Quinn, Clayface (voiced by Alan Tudyk)—likely based on the Basil Karlo version—is a struggling actor who turns into a shapeshifting mass of clay after “a terrible pottery accident.” He can transform into anyone or anything he wishes, as well as manipulate his mass and even reattach lost limbs (like The Arm, or his head). Unlike some versions of Clayface, he does not have a vulnerability to water. He is a member of Harley Quinn’s crew, where he uses his abilities to help with heists.
This self-proclaimed “thespian extraordinaire” devises extremely detailed backstories for his characters. Clayface leans into each performance with gusto, but he often goes too far and gives himself away. His eccentricities can irk others and cause issues with him being accepted by the greater villain community. Clayface has an indomitable passion for his craft, and he remains hopeful that things will work out. He also genuinely cares for the crew. They may be dysfunctional, but what family isn’t? He brings a lighter, goofy energy to the team. I think the Clayface of this universe has a lot of potential, if only he stopped getting in his own way. Many of Clayface’s qualities resonate with me. I have what my family and friends call a “dramatic flair~”, Hufflepuff-level loyalty to my crew, and an 'earnest pure heart’ (Elie's words, just imagine her saying that with a deadpan look of mild Snape-esque disgust on her face).
The Cocktail: No. 73
If the Harley Quinn Clayface was to find out that he is ranked 73rd in IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time, he’d want everyone to know it. He would revel in the fact that he’s on the list and use his bartending skills to create a cocktail commemorating the honor. I can picture him holding it up like an award and giving an impromptu acceptance speech. ...Who, me? No, I’ve never done something like that before...
This bougie blended beverage includes three of an actor’s essential food groups: coffee, alcohol, and chocolate (“um, it’s actually cacao, so it’s like natural and healthy”). It looks clay-like, but the combination of coffee, spiced rum, Kahlúa, RumChata, and cacao powder makes for an indulgent treat. It’s the perfect pick-me-up when you need to prepare for an audition, a heist, or a day of mayhem with your crew.
2 parts strong brewed coffee
2 parts spiced rum (Tip: Use vanilla rum or vanilla vodka if you want something more sweet.)
1 part Kahlúa
1 part RumChata
1 part cacao powder (Tip: 1 oz = 2 Tbsp. ≈ 30 ml)
cacao powder and/or chocolate syrup, to garnish
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with cacao powder and/or chocolate syrup. (Tip: Store extra in an air-tight container and refrigerate. Use it to transform an iced coffee later!)
Do you think this drink accurately represents Clayface? Is there another character that you would like me to create a cocktail for? Let me know in the comments!
You can watch Harley Quinn on DC Universe.