Doctor Who Tribute Cocktail: Sonic Screwdriver #9

The Doctor of Doctor Who rarely travels anywhere in the universe without two things: his TARDIS and his Sonic Screwdriver. One gets him where he needs to go and the other does everything else. What more fitting tribute for The Doctor than a drink matching the unique characteristics of each regeneration!

The Nerdista presents – the Doctor Who tribute cocktail The Sonic Screwdriver #9!

The 9th Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston in the modern Doctor Who series, is a serious character and not nearly as bubbly as The 10th or The 11th Doctors. Because we never saw The 8th Doctor regenerate into The 9th Doctor, we don’t know exactly what happened to him (or if he even is the immediate regeneration of #8.) Later we discover our 9th Doctor lived through some incredibly life and time altering events that give him a great depth of sadness and mystery. Christopher Eccleston’s portrayal of The Doctor seems to carry the weight of this devastating history.

His sonic screwdriver tribute cocktail is more serious in construction than the 10th Sonic Screwdriver Cocktail or the 11th Sonic Screwdriver Cocktail. Don’t get me wrong. The 9th Doctor is still happy; he just seems to smile through an immense amount of pain. Fittingly, The 9th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver Cocktail is bitterness mixed with sweet.

The recipe and pictures are below and remember, this Sonic Screwdriver #9 is a The Nerdista original.


2 oz Clementine Vodka (or other orange citrus-flavored vodka of choice)
5-7 dashes of aromatic bitters
1/2 oz. simple syrup
3-4 oz water, well chilled
1-1.5 oz Blue Curacao liqueur (a blue colored orange liquor)

You’ll need two pieces of glassware to turn your ordinary screwdriver into one that’s sonic:
-a 6-10 fl oz (180 to 300 mL) clear rocks glass (also known as a lowball glass or old fashioned glass)
-a clear shot glass (1-1.5 fl oz or 44-50 ml)

Place the shot glass into the center of the empty rocks glass. The rim of the rocks glass needs to be taller than the shot glass after the shot glass is placed inside. If not, select a taller rocks glass or shorter shot glass.

Very carefully pour the 1 – 1.5 oz of Blue Curacao liqueur into the shot glass, without getting any inside your rocks glass, until the Blue Curacao liqueur comes just to the rim of the shot glass.

In a shaker, pour 2 oz of clementine vodka, 5-7 dashes of aromatic bitters, and 1/2 oz simple syrup. Shake with ice, and strain mixture into the bottom of your rocks glass without spilling any on the Blue Curacao filled shot glass in the middle. Now you want to pour enough water into your glass so that your cocktail *just* comes to the rim of the Blue Curacao filled shot glass without going over the edge.

Here is the result –


The blue looks so pretty in the center of the orange.

My fellow Whovians will recognize immediately what kind of shenanigans The Nerdista is up to here. The blue of the Blue Curacao isolated in the center of the cocktail mimics the look of the 9th Doctor’s instrument.

But wait . . . there’s more!

Just tip your Sonic Screwdriver #9 back and drink as normal; the shot glass will slide and mix blue curaçao with the rest of the cocktail each time you tilt your glass for a sip.

Now look at your cocktail.

When the blue curaçao mixes with the orange-colored cocktail, the result is nearly as black as The 9th Doctor’s leather jacket.

Enjoy! Love, the Nerdista

You may also be interested in other bits of Sonic alchemy – The Nerdista’s Sonic Screwdriver #10The Nerdista’s Sonic Screwdriver #11 and The 11th Doctor’s Gin Fez.

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