It's-a-me: Mario Bar!

February 15, 2008 | Scrollbar @ IT University of Copenhagen

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Scrollbar hosts the official weekly Fredagbar (Friday Bar) of IT University of Copenhagen. A number of us study games in the "Media, Technology, and Games" Masters program. Thus, we thought it only appropriate to embrace our inner geek and throw a Mario-themed night.

We pooled our vast knowledge of mixing and alcohols (this is Denmark, after all) to craft ten unique Mario-theme drinks. They not only look like their corresponding characters, but they taste like them too! Okay, well, not actually like the characters themselves (we're not cannibals), but rather the qualities they imbue (e.g. sweet, harsh, frutiy, etc.).

The most popular cocktail was the Yoshi. But all our recipes were very well-received. We encourage you to give them a try - but please credit us if you do!

(Note: "cl" stands for centileter. Two cl approximately equals one "shot")

Questions? Comments? Reach us at: pr (AT) scrollbar (DOT) dk

Note 18-06 2010: Youtube tutorials for the drinks are up now.

Cocktails

Yoshi

Yoshi

Fruity, tongue-pleasing cocktail

Apple Apple
  • 2 cl Sour Apple liqueur
  • 1 cl Melon Bols
  • 1 cl Lime juice
  • 4 cl Apple juice

Directions:
Shake. Serve with ice.

Garnish:
Two lime wedges

Notes:
Loosely inspired by the 'Apple & Melon Martini'. The Yoshi was so popular that we're adding it to our normal drink list!

Princess Peach

Pink, sweet, and classy

  • 2 cl Southern Comfort
  • 2 cl Peach Bols
  • 5 cl Cranberry juice
  • 2 cl Lime juice

Directions:
Shake. Serve without ice in chilled martini glass.

Garnish:
Peach wedge and pink umbrella

Notes:
Similar to a 'Southern Peach', but the ratios are modified to bring out the pink color.

Princess Peach
Bowser

Bowser

Fiery red-yellow gradient drink... with some bite!

  • 2 cl Tequila
  • 1 cl Coin-treau
  • 5 cl Orange juice
  • 1 cl Grenadine

Directions:
Stir first three ingredients, then drop in Grenadine for the gradient effect. Serve with ice in tall glass.

Garnish:
Blood orange wedge

Notes:
Modified 'Tequila Sunrise' - the Cointreau adds a nice twist.

Goomba

Oddly satisfying

  • 2 cl Baileys
  • 1 cl Peach Bols
  • 1 cl Amaretto
  • 2 cl Bols Cacao Brown
  • 2 cl Cream

Directions:
Shake. Serve with ice.

Notes:
Heavily modified 'Cream Cake' (for a deeper brown color).

Goomba
Big Boo

Big Boo

Frighteningly delicious

  • 2 cl Malibu
  • 2 cl Pineapple juice
  • 1 cl Lime juice
  • 4 cl Milk
  • 1 spoon Powdered sugar

Directions:
Shake. Serve with ice.

Shots

1-up

Because you only live twice

  • 1 cl Melon Bols
  • 1 cl Vodka
  • 1 cl Milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Green frosting

Directions:
Mix first three ingredients into shot glass. Place whipped cream tuft on top, then add dots of green frosting.

Notes:
We played the 1up sound whenever someone drank one!

1up!
Mario and Luigi Shot

Little Mario and Luigi Shot

Layered red/green shot

  • 1 cl Grenadine
  • 1 cl Kiwi Bols

Directions:
Grenadine first. Then pour Bols - slowly! - over a bar spoon.

Notes:
The sourness of the Kiwi Bols does a decent job balancing out the sweetness of the Grenadine.

Big Mario and Luigi Shot

Layered shot... with a Vodka power-up!

Mushroom
  • 1 cl Grenadine
  • 1 cl Kiwi Bols
  • 1 cl Vodka

Directions:
Grenadine first. Then pour Bols - slowly! - over a bar spoon. Vodka goes on top.

Big Mario and Luigi Shot
Super Mario Shot

Super Mario Shot

Layered red/blue shot

  • 1 cl Grenadine
  • 1 cl Blue Bols
  • 1 cl Tequila silver

Directions:
Grenadine first. Then pour Bols - slowly! - over a bar spoon. Tequila goes on top.

Boo Shot

Don't look the other way...

  • 2 cl Malibu
  • 2 cl Milk

Directions:
Shake ingredients. Pour into shot glass.

Boo Shot

Decorations

Stars, question-mark blocks, and bricks were created by cutting colored fabric, spray painting the pieces (using custom-made paper stencils), then sewing the pieces over foam. These decorations were then hung from strings that ran across the room.

As a bonus, we hid chocolate coins on the top of the question-mark blocks. Yes, they could be redeemed for their value in drinks!

Printed menus were placed on tables throughout Scrollbar so that patrons knew what special drinks were available.

Finally, we projected videos of Mario speedruns and Kaizo Mario on the wall.

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Another success!
"Another success!"

Initial idea by Christoffer "Chairman" Holmgård Pedersen.
Drink recipes by Mike Khamphoukeo, Douglas Wilson, Martin Colith, Martin Woo.
Decorations and stencils by Benedikte Mikkelsen (and Julie and Camilla).
Poster by Robin Di Capua and Guo Yu Pan.
Photos by Guo Yu Pan.