Character Cocktail: Whispering Mirror (Galadriel)
Updated: Jan 25, 2022
As my fourth week of social distancing comes to a close, I figured it was time to post more character cocktails. I wanted to share this at the beginning of the week, but time completely escaped me. Who knew the days would go by so slowly, but the weeks would go by so quickly?
The inspiration for this cocktail came from four people: my choir camp bestie Jamie (Happy belated birthday, and shoutout to The Dirty Corner of the Circle™), my awesome roommate Aubrey, and my friends-who-also-happen-to-be-coworkers Jaclyn and Erica.
The Character: Galadriel
Galadriel is a character created by J.R.R. Tolkien. She appears in The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales. She is portrayed by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.
Galadriel is known as the most powerful and most beautiful of the elves in Middle-Earth. She bears one of the three elven rings of power: Nenya, the Ring of Adamant. She was known to be proud and willful in her earlier years, but by the Third Age (when The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place) she also acts with great wisdom and compassion.
She was proud, strong, and self-willed, as were all the descendants of Finwë save Finarfin; and like her brother Finrod, of all her kin the nearest to her heart, she had dreams of far lands and dominions that might be her own to order as she would without tutelage. Yet deeper still there dwelt in her the noble and generous spirit of the Vanyar, and a reverence for the Valar that she could not forget. From her earliest years she had a marvellous gift of insight into the minds of others, but judged them with mercy and understanding, and she withheld her goodwill from none save only Fëanor. In him she perceived a darkness that she hated and feared, though she did not perceive that the shadow of the same evil had fallen upon the minds of all the Noldor, and upon her own. —Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn"
The Cocktail: Whispering Mirror
This elegant cocktail is named for the Mirror of Galadriel, a silver basin of water that gave Frodo (and Sam in the books) visions of “things that were, things that are, and some things that have not yet come to pass.” It combines the graceful effervescence of prosecco with the fierceness of Svedka Grapefruit Jalapeño Vodka and the sweetness of orange liqueur. A bright bite of lime honors the Lady of Light, and torched thyme represents the forest of Lothlórien, the realm she rules. Much like what would happen if Galadriel accepted the One Ring, all shall love this drink and despair.
Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair! —Cate Blanchett, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
½ oz orange liqueur
Juice of ¼ lime
In an ice-filled mixing glass, combine vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice (I also threw the lime wedge in), and 2 sprigs of fresh thyme. Stir until well chilled.
Take another thyme sprig and use a lighter to singe it. Blow out any lingering flames and place the torched thyme in a wine glass. Strain the drink into the glass and top with prosecco.
Do you think this drink accurately represents Galadriel? Is there another character that you would like me to create a cocktail for? Let me know in the comments!