It's a sunny Sunday here, Trubies and Spoon lovers. Everyone's feeling the heat and it might be because of last week's episode, but I'm ready for a refreshing classic southern drink!
But let's get to the recap. I loved last week's episode. It really brings back the flavor of previous seasons, when Bon Temp was a little more manageable and Sookie was just a waitress at a bar with vampires.
Oooh, bright, shiny spoilers!
The episode begins with Warlow ripping through time and space (am I the only one who heard a TARDIS sound?) and arriving on the very bridge where he allegedly killed Sookie and Jason's parents. Meanwhile, Jason meets his fairy grandfather, who stops the careening car with his light and tells Jason to shape up. There's a fight coming and he's not ready (mostly because the fairy gene skipped Jason).
Eric and Nora arrive at Fangtasia to help Pam with a wounded Tara. Okay, a silver bullet that emits UV light? Humans 1, Vamps 0. Well, this means war. Realizing that humans are getting smarter, Eric is not going to wait around to be staked. Later, we see a nice conversation between Pam and Nora that starts to put Pam's worries about the relationship with her maker at ease. Also, Nora's read this bible like a million times and she's just now realizing a typo? How convenient.
Bill goes into catatonia after feeling the pain of all vampires around the world, and Jess utters one of my favorite lines of the episode (BILL WTF?) Meanwhile, in Billith Land, we finally get a little bit of exposition from Lillith, and Jess is trying to snap Bill out of it. She orders some takeout from Human Edibles (We're tasty!) and this whole scene takes me back to the classic horror of S1. Bill uses his telekinesis to drag the snack back and create a blood fountain. What. The. YES.
Did y'all know that Merlotte's still serves food? Did y'all know that we're still working on this efreet story? Did y'all know that Arlene is pretty awesome? You should.
Sookie. Girlfriend. Stop meeting dudes in bushes. Ben is a halfling (that's half fairy and half...) and Sookie BRINGS HIM TO HER HOUSE. Really, Sook? How many people have tried to kill you over the years and you decide to bring the fairy (who aren't exactly the nicest folks) you met on the side of the road into your house? FACEPALM.
Supernatural Rights Activists roll up into Merlotte's and Nicole tries to guilt Sam into coming out. Then the college kids are chilling in the bushes with a camera as Alcide, Danielle, and Martha beat up Sam and Lafayette to take Emma back to the pack. This is probably going to be important. Right now, it just annoys me that none of the supes sensed that they were there. Le sigh.
Jason. Boyfriend. Stop bringing strangers into Sookie's bathroom. Yes, he's Grandpa, but you've only known him 5 minutes. Now he's jumping through portals and coming back all wet? I just dunno.
Two words: Whooping Crane. Eric goes under cover to meet Gov. Burell. It doesn't go well. I'm not sure how I feel about glamour-proof contacts, but I am kind of loving the Governer. He's such a little dweezle, and that makes it so surprising that he one-ups Eric! He bounces around the screen like a little clown with all these tricks up his sleeve. The surprise on Eric's face is wonderful and Burrell proves that he's not to be trifled with. Not to be duped, Eric takes his revenge on Burrell by glamouring his daughter.
Sookie comes home to a family reunion. Apparently, Jason forgot that he's mad at Sookie, because he's excited for her to meet Niall and eat spaghetti. King Niall explains the secret weapon against Warlow, and teaches Sookie how to use her fritzy light. The all-over-convenient ball of sun is good for one time use. She will be fae no longer. No exchanges or refunds. Cannot be combined with any other offers.
And then we come back to Jess, awesomely tying everything together. Faith in family, faith in your maker, faith in friends, faith in God, and finally, faith in yourself. Deborah Ann Woll nailed it. Bill comes back to the world of the un-living with one piece of advice: Trust what you see. Well apparently he can see the future and the future looks bright... bright like the sun. Sun+Vampire=Bad things.
All this talk about sun is making me parched. Let's make what Katie Loeb calls "a grown-up snow cone of bourbon and minty goodness." This is such an easy and refreshing cocktail. I also had way too much mint in my back yard than I knew what to do with.
First, I made the Mint Simple Syrup. You can make this overnight to let the flavor settle in. It's uses are limitless in the summertime and can be used this in iced tea, lemonade, and mojitos.
Mint Simple Syrup:
2 c sugar
2 c water
1 c mint
Simmer sugar and water. Add mint and stir around for a minute or two. Remove from heat, let cool. Puree in a blender. Let sit couple hours or overnight. Strain out the mint. This will keep for about a week in the fridge, but I don't think it will last that long.
Now, on to the the cocktail from Shake, Stir, Pour
1 ounce (30 ml) Mint Simple Syrup
2 1/2 ounces (75 ml) bourbon
Garnish: Mint sprig
1. Stir Mint Syrup and bourbon together in shaker.
2. Pack crushed ice in a silver julep cup or rocks glass until mounded slightly over the top.
3. Pour mint and bourbon mixture over the top of crushed ice.
4. Garnish with large sprig of mint that has been "spanked" or clapped between your palms to release the fragrant oils.
I didn't want to mess with perfection so I gave it to you straight. This yields one drink and I recommend that you have a back-up ready to go for this episode. It have a feeling, it's going to require some inebriation.
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