Charlie Sheen may not trust AA to help him get sober, and in the meantime, he's inspiring others to make drinks.
Mixologists across the country have been inspired by the actor's erratic behavior and quotes from multiple television interviews as they try to decide just what exactly "winning" would taste like.
"You get mesmerized watching him," said Flannery Good, a fashion consultant who writes the blog Fashionably Bombed with her sister Katherine, a former New York City bartender. "We thought, 'We have to do something with this.'"
They created the Charlie Sheeni Martini, which mixes blood orange juice, to represent how Sheen claims he has tiger's blood and Adonis DNA; blood-orange infused X-Rated Vodka, an homage to his interest in porn actresses; a splash of Rockstar energy drink, since Sheen is " tired of pretending like I'm not bitching, a total fricking rock star from Mars," and finished off with a powdered-sugar rim.
Ninth Ward, a New Orleans-inspired bar in New York City put their "Charlie Sheen" on the menu this fall following the "Plaza debacle," when the actor was hospitalized after, said Robert Morgan, one of the owners.
The drink is straightforward: "two and a half" parts Coca-Cola and Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, an artisanal moonshine (yes, you read that right) with a sweet caramel taste.
"Everything goes well with Coke, and Charlie has such an alleged penchant for cocaine," Morgan said. "There's a powdered sugar, pun intended, rim around the glass."
Said Chbihi, the manager of Fifty Five, a Moroccan restaurant in New York City was watching Charlie Sheen interviews with a full bar at the restaurant when someone said that "they should bottle that."
So Chbihi started about doing it, creating a super spicy Bloody Mary that uses harissa and wasabi for an extra punch. They called it Tigers Blood with a dash of Adonis DNA.
A customer at the Crowne Point in White Plains, N.Y. challenged resident mixologist Jake Sher to make him a cocktail influenced by Sheen. Sher thought there was only one possible choice for booze.
"Sheen, being the kind of guy he is, well, a whiskey base would make the most sense," said Sher, who is putting the cocktail, Two and a Half Phenphen on the menu next week.
The finishing touch?
Sher uses a spray bottle of overproof Bourbon and creates a flame which smolders a piece of lavender.
"Some people think he is going to burn out," Sher said.
Sheen has even influenced bartenders to add an extra touch to perfect a cocktail. Payman Bahmani, a New York City bartender, cocktail consultant and blogger was tinkering with a drink when a friend suggested he call it the Charlie Sheen. Bahmani then decided that he had to add absinthe.
"Absinthe has a long history and mystique surrounding it - people thought it induces hallucinations and insanity," Bahmani said. "It's the reason why it was illegal in the U.S. for such a long time. So it was actually the perfect ingredient here."
The Charlie Sheeni Martini, from Fashionably Bombed
1 ounce tiger blood (AKA freshly squeezed blood orange juice)
1 ounce X-Rated Fusion Vodka
1 bitchin' rock star from Mars (AKA Rockstar energy drink)
1 briefcase full of cocaine (AKA 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar)
Add blood orange juice and vodka to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until a frost forms on the outside of the shaker. Top off with Rockstar energy drink. Moisten rim of glass with blood orange and dip into a plate of powdered sugar. Drink directly through the eye. Now take that martini glass, wrap both arms around it and love it violently.
The Charlie Sheen, from the Ninth Ward
4 ounces Coca-Cola
2.5 ounces of Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine
Powdered Sugar Rim
1 Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Tiger's Blood with a Dash of DNA from Fifty Five
Dash of Bragg Liquid Aminos
1/4 teaspoon harissa
1/4 red horseradish sauce
1/4 teaspoon wasabi powder
1/4 teaspoon Ras El Hanout
Dash of Glenmorangie Sherry
fresh grated ginger
dash of olive juice
dash of balsamic
2 ounces vodka
Pinch celery salt
7 drops Worcestershire
6 ounces tomato juice
salt & pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in a highball glass with ice, stir well, splash another dash of Aminos, garnish with lime and serve.
The Charlie Sheen from Payman Bahmani
2 oz gin (I used Bluecoat for its less pronounced juniper)
3/4 ounce mandarin juice
3/4 ounce lime juice
2 barspoons cinnamon syrup (Trader Tiki for the easy kill)
2 barspoons pineapple gomme syrup (don't bother trying to make your own, and go for the even easier kill by using Small Hand Foods' excellent product)
2 barspoons agave nectar
1/2 barspoon absinthe (I used Vieux Carre)
5 dashes A.B. Smeby Spiced Grapefruit Bitters
Seltzer to top
Two and a Half Phenphen, from the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, N.Y.
1 1/2 ouce Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey
1/4 ounce Merlet Creme de Peche
1/4 ounce Combier
Spray Bottle of Noah's Mill Cask Strength Bourbon
Garnish: Sprig of Lavender
Stir the first three ingredients and strain into a Julep or Highball over crushed ice. Garnish with the sprig of lavender. Spray the Noah's Mill Cask Strength Bourbon and light to create a flame over the top of the glass until the lavender begins to smolder. Serve.
Sober Valley Lodge "Green Machine" from Christy Pope and Chad Solomon with Cuff and Buttons
3/4 ounce Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Agave Nectar
1 1/2 ounce Apple Cider
3 cucumber slices
2 mint sprigs
Top w/Club Soda
Garnish: Cucumber Slice with a Mint Sprig
I'm an F-18 Bro from Christy Pope and Chad Solomon with Cuff and Buttons
2 ounces Aviation Gin
3/4 ounce Lemon Juice
1/2 ounce Maraska Liqueur
1/4 ounce Crème Yvette
Flamed Absinthe rinsed glass
Shake, strain and serve up in a cocktail glass
Garnish: None, I'm an F-18 bro!