One of the things we are most most excited about this coming year is IDW’s upcoming Jem and the Holograms comic, which OMGLOOKSOOOOFUN. While the new comic allows us to get our inner 80’s child on and expose new, young readers to the total outrageousness that is Jem, as adults we can also enjoy this new comic alongside a fabulous cocktail. Here are some Jem inspired cocktails to get get you pumped for Kelly Thompson and Ross Campbell’s upcoming comic. (Or just to enjoy binge-watching the entire series which is currently on U.S. Netflix.)
Kimber is Jem’s younger sister and the one with actual musical talent, since she is the primary songwriter, and also played keyboards/synthesizers and provided backup vocals. In terms of personality, Kimber is a hopeless romantic and prone to emotional outbursts. Sounds like a gin cocktail to me. Her Holograms alter-ego also has strawberry red hair so, visually this works for me.
Based on the Strawberry Jive created by Dale DeGroff.
- 2 Strawberries
- 4 Mint leaves
- 1 Basil leaf
- .75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
- 1.5 oz Gin
- 1 oz Fresh orange juice
- .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
- Garnish: Mint sprig
- Glass: Rocks
In a shaker, muddle the strawberries, mint, basil and simple syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. Blue Curacao
- San Pellegrino Limonata
- 1 lime wedge
- splash of Grenadine
First, the glass. Find something special. Either ice the glass or fill it with ice–flower-shaped ice, that is. Next, pour the gin and Blue Curacao into the fancy glass of your choosing. Fill the glass with soda and garnish with a jaunty lime wedge. At this stage it’s bright blue with a bright green accent, but that’s not enough for the glorious Stormer of the Misfits. It’s time for the grenadine. Just splash it into the glass and you’ve got it: a purple rain.
– Megan P.
At the end of a hard day dealing with the latest Starlight Foundation woes, Jerrica kicks back with a classy vodka tonic. At a moment’s notice, she’s got to be Jem and her drink needs to reflect her rockstar status. The vodka tonic starts out a lovely pink, but then changes to purple via the Chambord. The rock candy adds pizzazz (see what I did there) until the sugary goodness melts into your drink.
- 1 part rose petal infused vodka
- 2 parts tonic water
- A generous dash of Chambord
- Rock candy lollipop
Making rose petal infused vodka is super easy. Gather six good quality roses that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides, remove the petals, and place in a mason jar. Stuff those petals in there! Cover with vodka and let sit for 24 hours. Strain, combine with other ingredients, and drink!
As I have been rewatching Jem on Netflix, I realized something: Jem would kinda suck without the Misfits. I mean, as a kid, I was totally rooting for Jem, but the Misfits just make everything so much more interesting. (Uh, and their songs are in fact better). Jem’s like the champagne girl–pink and bubbly, but the Misfits, they are whisky kind of girls, so what better way to celebrate then by combining the two?
This recipe from Coco + Kelley is perfect. You make your own vanilla bean simple syrup (which is great in most any cocktail, I just like to keep some on hand). It also uses prosecco instead of champagne, which I prefer because it’s less sweet. They recommend OOLA for your bourbon. I’m really into Basil Hayden’s Bourbon right now, and they are about the same price.
I actually don’t know anything about Jem, and I’ve never tried anything with Blue Curacao in it. But, it is an orange-flavoured, bright blue rum liqueur, and I am on board, taste-untested. The blue was added to spice up the enjoyment of drinking; it’s a multi-media experience, and I think that reflects the “and the holograms” part of a property that’s based around a band. Jem seems pretty glam to me, and even if a Blue Curacao cocktail turns out to taste awful it will look spectacular: glam or die. Check out this Pinterest board for some blue cocktails.
Got any of your own suggestions for Jem-themed cocktails? Share away in the comments! Let’s all be lushes together.