Fantastic Feasts: Ukbarian Alage Cooler

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Jul 13, 2017

Valerian may be a major motion picture right now, but before that, it was a French science fiction comic series, Valérian and Laureline.

Created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, it was first published in France in 1967 and follows the adventures of Valérian and his colleague, Laureline. The two travel the universe through both space and time, and their adventures now span 21 volumes, a short story collection, an encyclopedia and, most recently, the feature film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, written and directed by Luc Besson.

Both to celebrate the release of the film and to honor its original roots, we’re going all the way back to the 1966 and World Without Stars, volume three in the graphic novel series Valérian and Laureline, for this recipe.

In this story, Valérian is invited by the residents of the Ukbar system to join them in a glass of their signature homemade alcohol, made from distilled algae. It takes just three glasses of this potent booze to knock Valérian for a loop.

When I started researching this recipe, I knew I wanted to create something fun and exciting and try to make it as authentic as possible … so I turned to the pond in our backyard and decided to do some research on the algae growing there.

My commitment to authenticity was short and overwhelmingly disappointing. Although it was fun to use work as an excuse to wade through stagnant water and stomp through mud, there was no way I was going to scoop any of this vile stinky muck up and even pretend to consider using it as an ingredient.

To try to make our Ukbarian Algae beverage as realistic as possible without actively poisoning either myself or anyone else who was brave (i.e. stupid) enough to try it, I decided to use the algae as inspiration …

With a little mixing, a little blending, a little patience and one wild night of WAY too many full-octane test runs (and maybe a drunk dial or two), I finally found a drink that is fun to make. It also looks pretty, has a funky futuristic texture to it, sparkles in the light, is phenomenally boozy* … and tastes really good!

*Note: We also have a non-alcoholic version of the recipe at the end of this post.

To make your own Ukbarian Algae, you will need:

  • 1 box of green lime gelatin
  • 1cup blue Curacao
  • 2 oz (1 shot) blue Curacao
  • 1 cup Midori
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda, divided
  • 1 cup boiling hot water
  • 1 teaspoon edible glitter (available from craft and cake decorating stores)

 

You will also need:

  • 1 bowl big enough to hold at least 2 cups of liquid
  • A pitcher
  • Food processor or blender
  • Ice
  • Spoon
  • Tall glass

 

Start by emptying your box of gelatin into your bowl.  Add 1 cup of boiling water and stir until dissolved.

Add in your cup of Midori and 1 cup of your lemon-lime soda.

The soda will fizz up and leave a green foam on top of your liquid mixture. Don't worry about this ... it's fine.

Chill in the fridge for 3 hours or until fully gelled.

Once your gelatin has gelled, scoop it out of your bowl and into your food processor or blender.

Pulse the gelatin until it becomes almost liquid.

Add in your 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1 cup of your blue Curacao, your remaining lemon-lime soda and your edible glitter and just barely pulse until mixed.

Congratulations, you've just made Ukbarian "algae."

Mmm! Tasty ... but we're not done yet!

To serve:

Pour your Ukbarian Algae into a tall glass full of ice, leaving 2 ounces of room at the top.

Just before you serve, use the back of your spoon to carefully float your final 2 ounces of Blue Curacao on top.

Enjoy in moderation!

NON-ALCOHOLIC VERSION

This drink can easily be adapted to a non-alcoholic version, which is still just as much fun to make as it is to drink.

You will need:

  • 1 box of green lime Jello
  • 1cup blue raspberry soda
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda, divided
  • 1 cup boiling hot water
  • 1 teaspoon edible glitter

 

Start by emptying your box of gelatin into your bowl.  Add 1 cup of boiling water and stir until dissolved.

Add in 1 cup of blue raspberry soda and 1 cup of your lemon-lime soda.

Chill in the fridge for 3 hours or until fully gelled.

Once your gelatin has gelled, scoop it out of your bowl and into your food processor or blender.  Pulse the gel until it becomes almost liquid.

Add your 1 cup of pineapple juice, your remaining lemon-lime soda, and your edible glitter and just barely pulse until mixed.

Top with more blue raspberry soda, and enjoy!