Movie Drinks – The Hellboy-lermaker

One of the greatest comic (and subsequent film) creations of all time is Hellboy. It’s a fact.

Also a fact is that Hellboy would be the perfect drinking buddy. He loves beer, loves huge portions of food and is hard enough that literally nobody in the bar is going to dare bat an eyelid at you. More besides he’s got a great, cynical view of the world thanks to being an outsider his whole life, so you know you’re going to be in for a full on ranting session – aren’t those always better when you’re leathered?

hellboy_drinking_with_skeletons-CultoidSo what drink would you order if you were stood next to Hellboy at the bar? We know it has to be beer related, but it needs a kick. Something that says I recognise you’re a 7 foot demon with a stone hand and several pant soilingly huge guns, but I can hold my own with you. It should also pay a certain amount of respect to the man himself – mirroring his best assets in a visual fanfare to everything alcoholic.

Thus I humbly present Movie Drinks round two: The Hellboy-lermaker

As you may know, traditionally a Boilermaker consists of a beer and a whisky chaser, usually mixed together in an attempt to add convenience (one less glass lift to the mouth required) and elevate the chances of you lying in the gutter at 3am, crying into your kebab with your pants lying next to you…..covered in frothy brown and orange smears of bowel lining and pure poo.

This recipe is based on the above noted tradition but with a couple of twists.

Start with a pint glass. Into the glass pour in a large can of Guinness, whilst at the same time pouring in a 35ml measure of Absinthe. By pouring the two at the same time you will not affect the colour of the head of your pint.

Now let the beer settle and once you have a nice white head on your Guinness, dribble in a shot of Red Aftershock.


Here’s Ryan Gosling after 1 sip!

Et Voila – There you have it.

The black drink represents the dark underworld Hellboy works in. The green Absinthe gives the paranormal connotation that we associate with Mignola’s master creation. Finally the red top of the drink stands proud, looking like one of Hellboy’s own filed horns.

I’m not going to lie, this drink burns……as it should. The initial cinnamon hit of the aftershock is quickly replaced by the fiery aniseed of the Absinthe; the power of which is given a slightly smoother edge by the silky Guinness texture.

It is tall, strong and pretty much a flaming hell in a glass. What more could you wish for when trying to impress the world’s favourite hell-spawn?


James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.

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