For a few years at work, some of my friends started what eventually became the Fancy Film Foundation. It was simple: one person picks a movie and a pairing (food or drink) and then we all watch the movie. At the time we had a dark room at the office we could sneak into.

One of the “films” I hosted was FLCL, which is actually a six episode experimental anime about growing up. I removed the credits from each using ffmpeg, and cut down what would have been nearly three hours into two hours seventeen minutes!

And of course I had to have a drink, so I modified something to make it a little more special. It’s lived on only as a text file until now. Presenting, the “Spicy FLCL Manhattan”, otherwise known as the “Medical Mechanica Manhattan”.

Spicy FLCL Manhattan (2016-05-12)

Modified from:

3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom
2 tablespoon corriander
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon paprika
3 teaspoons tumeric
2 tablespoon ancho chili powder

toast over low heat for a few minutes

Then add 2 cups water, 2 cups brown sugar
Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and allow to stew for 2 hours or more
Attempt to strain using a coarse filter into a mason jar for storage.


2oz rye
3/4oz sweet vermouth
2-3 dashes of angostura bitters
orange zest
3/4 oz of above syrup (1 1/2 tablespoon)

Combine, chill over ice, strain into lowball glass + orange zest garnish