In Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novel (and Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film), A Clockwork Orange, the Korova Milk Bar dispenses drinks—namely the Moloko Plus—to make one shiver. According the main character, Alex, a glass of Moloko Plus “would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.” It’s the illicit additives— vellocet (opiate), sythemesc (mescaline), drencrom (adrenochrome) “or one or two other veshches [drugs]”—that put the “plus” in Moloko Plus. San Francisco bartender Morgan Schick interpreted this creepy cocktail with rum, mezcal (to sharpen one up, presumably) and aromatic cardamom milk.
- 2 ounces rum (preferably Eldorado 12 year)
- 1/2 ounce Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal
- 1/2 ounce Bénédictine
- 3 ounces cardamom-infused milk (see Editor's note)
- 1 barspoon simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
- 2 dashes orange bitters, Angostura
- 2 ounces sparkling wine
- Add all ingredients (except sparkling wine) to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into a highball glass.
- Add 2 ounces chilled sparkling wine.
Crack 1/4 cup of cardamom pods. Add to 1 pint whole milk and 1 pint half and half in a saucepan. Keep over low heat for around 30 minutes. Strain. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.