Firefly-Inspired Cocktail Recipe: The Hero of Canton

As I mentioned before, the first themed party I ever threw was a Firefly viewing party for my friends. I made a series of cocktails inspired by the show and coupled them with episodes. I was so excited! And then I got everyone really drunk on accident.

I didn't mean to, exactly. I wanted everyone to have a good time, but after the fourth episode things were getting a little sloppy. It turns out I planned too many drinks! Too often! Who knew?

There are a few drinks, however, that people still remember from that party. One is a Kaylee-inspired cocktail that is sure to surface here at some point. The other is the one I'm sharing with you today.

I made a few adjustments to the recipe to make it easier and less expensive to make, but it's just as tasty as the original. It's not a complicated drink, but neither is its namesake: Jane Cobb. It's straightforward and delicious, and it's not going to take crap from anyone! Just the way Jayne would like it.

Let's get to the recipe so you can make one of these tasty drinks and drink:

Sara Galactica Original Cocktail Recipe: The Hero of Canton

Photos by Andrea Holodnick

Ingredients

Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton" ingredients
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton" ingredients
  • 1 oz bourbon whiskey. I use Bulleit pretty exclusively in my cocktails, but use whatever you like best!
  • 1 oz ginger syrup
  • Angostura bitters
  • Lemon (for juice and twist)
  • Club soda

A note about lemons: If you only have one lemon, make your twist over your glass first. Why? Well it's damn near impossible to make a twist from a halved lemon, so plan ahead! If you have a couple lemons, then just cut one for juicing and use another to twist. Simple!

Fill your glass halfway with ice. I recommend an 8 ounce old fashioned-style glass (the short, squat style you see here) for this drink. Add bourbon.

Ah, Bourbon.

Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Bourbon.
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Bourbon.

Add ginger syrup (recipe here).

Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Ginger syrup.
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Ginger syrup.

Add bitters. 11 dashes. Seriously, don't hold back. Now's not the time.

Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Angostura bitters.
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Angostura bitters.

Squeeze in juice from half a lemon (being careful not to get any seeds in your drink).

Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Lemon.
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Lemon.

Stir.

Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton"
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton"

Top with club soda:

Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Club soda.
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Club soda.

Add twist.

{Ignore my chipped nail polish.}

Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Twist.
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Twist.
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Bourbon, ginger syrup, bitters, lemon, club soda, twist. {Recipe: saragalactica.com.}
Firefly-Inspired cocktail, "The Hero of Canton." Bourbon, ginger syrup, bitters, lemon, club soda, twist. {Recipe: saragalactica.com.}

Enjoy.

- Actual Out.