Bram Stoker was born in the town of Clontarf, Ireland just north of Dublin on November 8, 1847. He moved to London and managed the Lyceum Theatre for 27 years as he wrote several short stories and novels including Dracula, his most famous work.
I watched Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of the novel, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, last weekend. I hadn’t seen it since shortly after it was released in 1992. I thought it was an excellent adaptation of the novel and was a visually stunning work of cinema.
Gary Oldman plays Count Dracula, a shape-shifting vampire whose appearance ranges from dapper young Londoner to a ghastly looking, hairy werewolf/bat creature with an insatiable lust for blood. Here he is as the pale, creepy, old, castle-dwelling count.
The other character that stands out is the lunatic lawyer R.M. Renfield played by Tom Waits. He eats bugs, spiders, and birds and worships his Lord Dracula.
So in honor of Bram Stoker, read Dracula, watch the film versions of it, and while your doing that, mix yourself a cocktail.
There is a cocktail named after Bram Stoker that is basically peppered vodka, tabasco sauce, and sprinkles of ground pepper. That doesn’t sound very good to me, and wouldn’t taste anything like blood. You can try it, or you can try your own hand at mixing up something dark red, a little sticky, and tastes like iron and copper with just a touch of salt. Maybe some metallic tasting vodka, a little grenadine for color, a pinch of salt, and a pearl onion garnish.