June 20: The Blues Brothers Embark On Their “Mission From God.”

Blues_Brothers_Band_Poster“It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.” -Elwood Blues

Consider The Blues Brothers, released 33 years ago today. How could a two hour movie based on a Saturday Night Live sketch and a surprisingly popular album be one of the funniest comedies of all time? How could a film that combines a cliched “put on a show to save the orphanage” plot with a cliched “getting the band back together” plot be so original? Well, I don’t know the answers to those questions, but somehow Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi and director John Landis turned the thin premise in to an absolute musical comic masterpiece. In my opinion, The Blues Brothers’ unique blend of Looney Tunes-esque absurdist comedy, hot performances from R&B and Blues greats including Ray Charles and Cab Calloway, ridiculous car chases and unexpected cameos makes it one of the most entertaining motion pictures ever made.

Late in the movie, a police detective played by John Candy and a platoon of state troopers have finally caught up to Jakes and Elwood Bluess and their band just as they’re about to perform at a fundraising concert to save the orphanage the two Blueses grew up in. Candy decides to let the band perform and orders a round of Orange Whips from the bar. This was a reference to the movie’s costumer, Sue Dugan who was the daughter of the Director of Sales for the corporation that produced the old non-alcoholic drink Orange Whip. However, there is a delicious and creamy cocktail called the Orange Whip, which I think we can safely assume is what Candy was ordering.

Orange Whip

  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce Rum
  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 2 ounce cream

Pour all ingredients in to a blender without ice. Blend briefly and pour in to a tall Collins glass, filled with ice and stir.

Tomorrow: It’s the longest day of the year.


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