During the COMDEX days, the conference was always scheduled right over my birthday. Frankly, no one I knew really went to COMDEX so I always went alone simply to work in the booths as a demo geek.
On my birthday, I used to check out of my booth at the show, then go to the Las Vegas Hilton next door to drink at a bar called “Quark’s Bar”, a real restaurant/bar located at the “Star Trek Experience” on the floor level. Folks would come by dressed as Klingons, Ferengi, Vulcans, etc. and you’d sit back and drink Star Trek themed cocktails.
Frankly, it was a geek’s home away from home. No, trekkie/trekker (the term used to describe a devout follower depends on how insanely committed you are the the Trek universe) could visit Las Vegas without visiting “the mothership”, so to speak.
But now it’s gone. The whole Star Trek area was torn down. Even the Hilton itself has now been renamed to just LVH, having lost their license to the Hilton brand. [tear drop]
If you’ve ever been there, you know that one of the celebrated drinks there was something called the “Warp Core Breach”. It was an insanely large concoction designed for multiple people to drink that featured dry ice that overflowed the bowl it was served it… not unlike an actual warp core.
Well, I just so happen to have the recipe, so here it is for those of you that want to reminisce of a special, possibly better, time:
WARP CORE BREACH
(To be served in a big globe-type bowl for 2 or more people)
- 3 ounces – White rum
- 2 ounces – Lemon rum
- 1 1/2 ounces – Spiced rum
- 1 1/2 ounces – Dark rum
- 1 1/2 ounces – Razzmatazz
- 1 1/2 ounces – Bacardi 151 rum
- 30 ounces of any juice (commonly cranberry)
- Dry ice & cubed ice
Place a chip of dry ice in the big bowl for smoky effect. Combine all 10 ounces of rum in a large glass separate from the bowl. Pour fruit juice into the big bowl. Add cubed ice. (2 or 3 large scoops) Mix in rum combination. Stir.
I miss you Quark’s Bar.
Excellent. I have the bowl and a slightly different recipe that came from one of the bartenders at Quarks:
4.5 White Rum (Any)
3 Citrus Rum (I use Bacardi Limon)
1.5 Dark Rum (I use Capt Morgan Tatoo)
1.5 Spiced Rum (Capt Morgan spiced)
1.5 Razzmatazz (I use a raspberry liquor called Chateau Monet)
.75 Bacardi 151
30 oz of either Sobe Power (hard to find these days) or a juice mixture of cranberry, pineapple, orange)
When I could find Sobe Power, this recipe was 100% the real deal. With the juice mixture it’s still very good. I’m going to experiment with different ratios. I also have the real recipes for the other popular drinks…Borg Sphere, Tranya, Mind Meld, Liquid Latinum, etc. Hit me up if you want them.
The true original was 14 oz. of alcohol, basically all Bacardi save for the Razzmatazz. The juice mixture was the original, not the Sobe. The Sobe started out being Aceorla/Passion Berry and was then changed to Sobe Power. Due to different head bartenders and another factor, there were at least four recipes. Also, the liquor board’s request changed the size to a mini in the latter years.