Recipe Redo: Dan Aykroyd’s Cranium Cocktail

12/12/2013 at 02:39 PM ET

Alie and Goergia Dan Aykroyd Cocktail
Courtesy Alie & Georgia

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

We have all the respect in the world for Dan Aykroyd. Heck, we once attended an event for his vodka brand, Crystal Head, and shamelessly asked him to pretend we were all besties for this photo opportunity.

Alie and Goergia Dan Aykroyd Cocktail
Courtesy Alie & Georgia

We even used his skull-bottle spirit in our spooky Halloween cocktail, the Zombie Gut Punch. But that doesn’t mean we’re always in the mood to drink vodka. Last year, we flew to England to tour the Beefeater and Plymouth gin distilleries and work with master mixologists on the nuances of mixing gin cocktails, and since then we’ve been kind of partial to the juniper-y spirit.

So this week, we took the Cranium Cocktail that Danny (okay, he doesn’t let us call him that) created and we tweaked it—dare we say improved it?—by swapping out the vodka (sorry, Danny) for gin. The spirit’s wonderful juniper and citrus notes are just perfect for a holiday drink.

We also added fresh citrus juice to deliver a hint of sour, and opted for muddled pomegranate seeds rather than cranberry juice as our tart ingredient. After a splash of soda—just like in Dan’s recipe—the mixture turned out to be a fizzy, tangy cocktail with a complex, herbaceous backbone. We’re into it.

Let’s just hope ‘ol Danny Boy doesn’t find out we nixed his vodka, or (Crystal) heads might roll.

Gin-gerly yours,

Alie & Georgia

Alie & Georgia’s ‘Gettin’ Ginny With It’ Winter Cocktail
Makes 1

2 oz. gin
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. maraschino liqueur
10 pomegranate seeds
Splash of soda

1. In a cocktail shaker without ice, add the first four ingredients. Muddle the pomegranate seeds to extract the juice.

2. Add ice and shake well, then strain into a martini glass. Top with the splash of soda and toast to cold winter drinks around a warm fire.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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