Superheroes save the day regularly and some choose to relax by getting a drink to celebrate their good fortune. The Pop Culture Pub Crawl looks into a character’s favourite tipple to see what happens when they take a night off. With his charisma and zest for life, Gambit is someone who’d enjoy having a few beverages. Remy Lebeau is a man of the people and his quest for alcohol would make him the soul of the party.
To get ready for the night, Gambit would start by sipping a Budweiser. Known as ‘The King of Beers,’ Budweiser is one of the most popular brands in the world. It’s light and easy to drink, which would suit Gambit because he wouldn’t be any rush to get drunk. He strikes me as the kind of person to ease himself in and see where the mood takes him.
Budweiser fits the image of the traditional American beer. It’s produced using rice, barley malt, water, hops and yeast. The brewing process gives it a light-bodied flavour with notes of sweetness and bitterness.
La Choulette Ambree
After drinking a couple of Buds, Remy would move on to stronger beer. I’d see him going for a French blend, such as a bottle of La Choulette Ambree. Made in northern France, the drink comes from a traditional ‘biere de garde’ brewery. The Ambree can be considered a variation of the Belgian saison beers that are made nearby.
The drink has a spicy flavour that would appeal to Remy’s powerset. It’s the kind of explosive taste that matches his ability to charge objects.
Having grown up in New Orleans, Gambit would want a drink that reminded him of home. The hurricane is an ideal cocktail to take away the heat of the last drink. Made with rum, fruit juice, grenadine and syrup, the hurricane has a sweet flavour. Gambit would likely have caught the attention of a woman at the bar, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he chose to make the drink himself to impress her.
New Orleans’ signature cocktail was created in the 1940s by a bar owner named Pat O’Brien. At the time, rum wasn’t as popular as whiskey or scotch. Local distributors forced O’Brien to buy the rum, so he needed to find a way to get rid of it. O’Brien mixed rum into hurricane lamp-shaped glasses and the drink has been served in the French Quarter ever since.
The more alcohol Gambit has, the more sophisticated his palette becomes. When charming a lady, he’d likely switch to wine and a good choice is Muscadet. Brewed in the Loire Valley, Muscadet is a white wine made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape.
Traditionally, Muscadet has a light-bodied, dry flavour. It leaves behind a prickliness on the tongue, giving it a crisp texture. Remy would sip his wine gently, appreciating the taste and the woman at his side.
Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
To round off the night, I’d see Gambit sitting back with a glass of Grand Marnier. Made from a blend of Cognac brandy, the Cordon Rouge version contains the essence of orange and sugar. It was created by Alexandra Mariner-Lapostolle in 1880 and has the kind of flavour that Remy could enjoy.
Good drinks need to be enjoyed with good food. Be sure to check out the Gambit edition of Comic Kitchen to find out more about New Orleans cuisine.