All posts by Nick McDonald

Episode 003 – Salty Bill’s Limp Richard

Episode Notes

Everyone knows at least one story about a Lover’s Lane ghost, but let’s call these specters what they really are: cockblockers. In this episode we investigate a trio of these incorporeal cockblockers–The Pitcher Man, The Bandage Man, and Skinned Tom. And in case you haven’t been blocked enough, a salty, foamy whiskey drink is on deck to try to finish you off. All this, plus Cait gives advice, Nick botches his audio, and both of them overshare about underage drinking.

*Technical Note: We had some serious technical issues this episode, and as a result sound quality has suffered. We apologize, and will iron out the wrinkles as well as we can for future episodes.

You can find the recipe for Salty Bill’s Limp Richard here.

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Have You Seen the Ghost of Tom? performed by Matt Griffo

Theme music is “Come Back Down” by The Lonely Wild, licensed through audiio.

Remember to drink responsibly and in accordance to your local laws. Don’t be our next ghost!

RECIPE: Salty Bill’s Limp Richard

Fill a pint glass with ice.  Add whisky & beer. Give a gentle stir.  Top with salted cream.

Salted Cream recipe:

  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 c 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Combine ingredients in mixing bowl. Whip with an immersion blender or hand mixer approximately 3 minutes until frothy.

DIY Haunted Television

Here’s a project that connects with me on all levels. Of course, I love spooky stuff and horror movie scares, and a huge part of what I love to do as a theatre director and designer is take what is normally thought of as a “movie special effect” and make it work in the nuts & bolts practical world. There’s a real satisfaction when the proper combination of tech and timing makes, say, an actor move independently of their shadow, or a person appear in different parts of the room too quickly to be human.

So this project by Instructables user gocivici is right up the center of my alley. He’s fitted an old cathode-ray TV with a Raspberry Pi and a mini-camera, and using face -recognition software has created a television that turns itself on, waits for the viewer to look away, and then places a spooky image behind them when they look back. Watch this:

It really is genius, and being Instructables, the how-to for creating your own is included on the site. It takes some Raspberry Pi programming and electrical engineering, but from what I see the instructions are very complete and should be manageable if taken slowly and carefully by anyone with a creative itch to scratch. I hope to see this (as well as some creative variations) in every Halloween haunted house by next fall!

Episode 002 – New London Old Fashioned

Episode Notes

In this episode, we travel to the Atlantic coast off Connecticut to visit one of America’s most unique buildings, the New London Ledge Lighthouse, and try a bright and bloody take on a whiskey Old Fashioned. All this, plus Nick tripping on his own tongue and bartending sins that will cause Cait to judge you.

You can find the recipe for the New London Old Fashioned here.

The New London Ledge Lighthouse is operated by the New London Maritime Society, who offer tours, rental, and educational resources about the historic landmark. Check them out!

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Theme music is “Come Back Down” by The Lonely Wind, licensed through audiio.

Remember to drink responsibly and in accordance to your local laws. Don’t be our next ghost!

RECIPE: The New London Old Fashioned

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • splash of soda water (about 1-3 tsp)
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 wedge blood orange
  • 1 or 2 Amarena cherries

Place sugar cube in bottom of glass. Sprinkle with bitters, and add soda water. Crush sugar cube with muddler then mix until sugar dissolves. Add bourbon and ice. Garnish with cherry and squeeze blood orange wedge into drink before dropping it in.

Episode 001 – Rooftop Lady

Episode Notes

The podcast has landed! Join Nick & Cait as they hash through total inexperience and sub-par equipment to bring you two chilling tales of spectral women and a spooky take on a Tom Collins.

This episode’s recipe is the Rooftop Lady

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Theme music is “Come Back Down” by The Lonely Wind, licensed through audiio

Remember to drink responsibly and in accordance to your local laws. Don’t be our next ghost!

RECIPE: Rooftop Lady

  • 1 ½ oz Dry Gin (we used Crater Lake Gin)
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Butterfly Simple Syrup (see below)
  • Grapefruit seltzer to top

In a collins or pint glass, combine gin, lemon juice & syrup over ice. Add grapefruit seltzer to fill glass. Give it a little stir. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel.

Butterfly Simple Syrup

Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea leaves and return to a low boil. Add sugar and stir for until sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.
(Any butterfly pea flower tea can be used as a substitution.)