Summer Cocktail Sunday: Recap of True Blood S07E01 – Have a Heart Cocktail

Welcome back to Summer Cocktail Sunday! We’re recapping the premiere episode of True Blood and offering up an inspired cocktail recipe for your drinking pleasure.

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Truebies. Are you with me? Are you still here? I have to make sure, because it seems like people (and vamps) are dropping like flies!

So, let’s get spoilery!

Madness! Madness, I say! It begins with a massacre at Bellefleur’s Bar and Grill. The Hep-V vamps have wasted no time in attacking. The one thing that I would like to point out before we go any further: At the end of the attack, there was a whistle and the vamps went running. Soooo…. logic dictates, there is a ringleader. Who, oh who might that be? Any guesses?  Make a guess in the comments and if you’re right, I’ll pick a winner and you’ll get a book of your choice!Okay, let’s keep going.

Tara is dead. D-E-D, dead! So soon (and for some, not soon enough)?! But we know that on True Blood, not everything stays gone. So we shall see where Tara has gone and maybe bring back a story line or two from the past (cough ghosts cough). With Tara gone, and Letty Mae in need of a Vampire protector, Willa vows to help and Reverend Daniels returns the favor by offering shelter and a place to stay. Will Willa become the daughter that Letty Mae never could care for? -shrug-

Sookie, in shock with what happened, can’t seem to keep her focus and thoughts from the town are fluttering in. Worst of all, Alcide seems to be thinking the same blamey thoughts as the others. Wow. Not cool, werewolf. But in the fight between them that follows (I think one of Anna Paquin’s greatest moments on the show), is it really fair to blame him? I mean it’s not her fault that she hears them, but just because she can’t hear Bill, doesn’t mean he’s not thinking bad things about her sometimes. Hmmm. It’s moral conundrums like these that make this show fun to think about. But Sookie just wants to help and that’s exactly why she pleads with the people of Bon Temps at the end of the episode.

Jessica and Adalyn have the best stories in the episode, summed up by one word- tension. Not only is there an intensity between the two. Trust is a very hard thing to bestow and Jessica doesn’t even want it because she doesn’t even trust herself. Throw in a sick vampire acting as an outside force to push these two opposing magnets together, and the struggle just oozes out of the scene! Someone has to break. Adalyn finally invites Jessica into her house, something that they both know could have dire consequences. Maybe not now, but later.

Sam’s been found out! Okay, let’s all just agree that this Vince guy is a pain in the ass and that he’s going to be the awkward jerk that we’re all going to be forced to hate. Hopefully he’ll die, but until then, his ignorance is going to be a catalyst for a lot of character’s changes and openness. Sam’s going to have to come out as a shifter (after he find’s his pregnant girlfriend).

Jason and Violet are searching for those who were taken by the Hep-V vamps. Jason is the first to voice his concern for Tara’s VERY quick true death. “It feels like we should just stop.” But we don’t have time! So upon reaching the abandoned house, they come across Vince and a few others who have taken it upon themselves to search. Jason tries to send people home safely and ends up emasculated by Violet (again). It all comes to a head (snicker) when the leave and Jason snaps. I guess Violet just wanted Jason to be a man manlier than she. Anyway, we got some Jason butt out of it, so that’s good. I hope he feels better now.

Andy and Bill are off looking for the hostages when they too come across the vigilante group. Though they want Bill’s head on a cross, and Andy has a chance to exact some vengeance, we see him be the Badass Andy Bellefleur we all know he can be.

In her search for her maker, Pam has found herself on a type of odyssey, playing russian roullette and starving herself until she can find Eric. This is really a great set up for an interesting storyline. Pam and Eric’s relationship has always intrigued me and I am not too sure that it’s going to turn out well for them.

In another unique look into a rather new character, James is sent home with Lafayette and it seems as thought these two may be kindred. Lafayette, who is the second to voice our hesitation to admit that Tara is gone, finds a nice emotional connection with James. James relays his origin story. I was quite captivated with this vampire, and even though we are being set up for a romance here in the final season, I ain’t even mad.

Well we finally discover where the Hep-V vamps are holding the hostages and it’s kind of a head-slap moment. “Fangtasia! Of course!”Arlene, Holly, Kevin, Jane, Nicole don’t seem to have much of a chance in this hell hole. I think each and every actor was fantastic – seriously, that fear was REAL. Once Kevin kicks it, to which I was honestly upset about, i think we all felt that this situation is pretty dire. There’s only one other character that we would all be willing to loose here and that is Jane Bodehouse. Otherwise, we’re loosing two favorites and a lady with a baby. All will be pretty heartbreaking when/if it happens.

What are you doing to us, writers? Why won’t you have a heart?!


Have a Heart Cocktail

from Ted Haigh

This drink was originally published in Patrick Gavin Duffy’s Official Mixer’s Manual, 1934. It has a weepy drink name from a forgettable movie—also from 1934—but it’s a darned good cocktail. This is a lot like some variations of the Doctor Cocktail. As you might imagine, I’ve had ’em all. You can source the Swedish Punsch and my special grenadine advice in the Resource Guide.

1-1⁄2 ounces (1⁄3 gill, 4.5 cl) gin
3⁄4 ounce (1⁄6 gill, 2 cl) Swedish Punsch
3⁄4 ounce (1⁄6 gill, 2 cl) fresh lime juice
1⁄4 ounce (1⁄16 gill, 0.75 cl) real pomegranate grenadine

Shake in an iced cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Until next week, truebies!

Nurse your fangover and don’t forget to do bad things.

You can get this recipe and more in Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails