Over the Crescent Moon: Steampunk Party Food

A while back, I covered Fuel for the Boiler, a Steampunk cookbook put together by the Steampunk community over at Brass Goggles. It’s quite a treat as it has all sorts of recipes for creating Steampunk entries. It’s also free to download the electronic copy.

Fuel For the Boiler is designed not to be a “corny” presentation of Steampunk cuisine. It’s definitely more along the lines of what Steampunks could eat on a daily basis as and not die of malnutrition.

But for a child’s Steampunk party, it’s okay to get a little goofy with the presentation and go overboard with gear shaped junk food.

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Crescent Moon, from the blog Over the Crescent Moon,has a post on a series of recipes that she created for her son’s Steampunk birthday party. From zeppelin candy to marshmallows transformed into top hat treats, this is great “cute” munchies for the younger Steampunk audience because it replicates many quintessentially Steampunk items like gears, airship, and top hats.

And since that was precisely what Fuel for the Boiler was trying not to do, you won’t find any of these sorts of recipes in the cookbook. Fuel for the Boiler is about discovering a Steampunk cuisine, not about trying to incorporate the look into the food.

But for those looking to replicate the Steampunk look for a child’s party or other casual Steampunk function, Crescent Moon’s recipes are an interesting reference tool.

The Well Stocked Steampunk Bar

When I was writing the post for my sortie to celebrate all things Tesla last week, I discovered a troubling lack of cocktails with a particular Steampunk flair. Indeed, digging up some Tesla inspired drinks was quite the challenge, though I am quite pleased with the end result.

The lack of Steampunk themed cocktails got me wondering what it was that Steampunks drink at a party. Sure there are givens like wines, beers, rum, absinthe and tea, but what else? That can’t be the end of the beverage list. We need something a bit more.

To that end, I would like to bring your attention to a webpage called The Well Stocked Steampunk Bar. This page, which began as a thread on Brass Goggles and was expounded upon by the Steampunk community there, has a plethora of drinks suitable for your next Steampunk get together. It is especially helpful because it is broken down in to three categories to guide one’s purchasing to fit the hosted event:

  • Critical items, without which you should be be hesitant to entertain
  • Secondary items, that are a plus.
  • Premium items, that are wonderful but expensive and/or difficult to come by and may be best for small gatherings of intimate friends.

As noted in the page, the categorization of different beers, wines, and spirits has a distinctly North American slant, so those in different parts of the world will likely differ in the classification of certain drinks.

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla

Today marks the 154th birthday of one of the most Steampunk of history’s inventors, Nikola Tesla. To celebrate the birthday of the man who became the quintessential mad scientist and whose life has such an incredible influence on Steampunk (and Dieselpunk), I’ve a number of Tesla themed goodies for your personal enjoyment.

First, to get this party started, we need some drinks! To help us concoct some crazy, Teslas inspired beverages, I’ve turned to Tesla Lives!, to help us make some “Teslatinis”:

Tesla Lives! Cocktail
Submitted by Claudia Egan (Nikola Tesla Enthusiast), Milwaukee
2 oz part Slivovitz
2 oz black cherry soda
Pop rocks
Lime wedge
Glow in the Dark Ice Cube

The Death Ray
Submitted by The Palms Bar and Bistro, Milwaukee
1 part Jagermeister
1 part Goldschlager
1 part Dark Rum
1 Part Sambuca

Electric Blue
Submitted by MOCT Bar, Milwaukee
1 part Island Ble Pucker
1 Part Kettle One Citron
Lemon Juice
Simple Syrum

Click here to check out more information about their current contest to discover the latest Teslatini recipe and to submit your own creation!

For tonight’s musical entertainment, I’d like to suggest Clockwork Cabaret’s podcast celebrating Tesla’s birthday from 2008, which you can download here.  Clockwork Cabaret’s weekly show “Music O’ Gears for Steampunk Ears” occurs every Monday at 11pm EST on WCOM 103.5 Carrboro/Chapel Hill. You can listen live online at http://www.wcomfm.org, or pick up their podcasts here if you are an old lady like me that has to wake up very early for work.

After we’ve had drinks and music, how about a film that includes Tesla in its casting? For such entertainment, might I be so bold as to suggest The Prestige, a film starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale, and features a Nikola Tesla played by David Bowie (win!)? This is an incredible Steampunk movie with lots of dark and mystifying elements as two magicians attempt to outdo each other to create the ultimate illusion.

Sounds like an excellent night! Here’s to a night of revelry to honor the scientist history should have never forgotten, Tesla!