November 2: Arrested Development

arrested_development_35635And now, the story of a cult tv show that was canceled too early, and the one website that had no choice but to bring it back…It’s Arrested Development and it was today in 2003 that Arrested made its television debut.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Arrested Development, it’s the saga of the Bluths, a rich Orange County family who lose all their money after the family business is involved in a corporate accounting scandal…and maybe some light treason. Arrested is rightly acclaimed as one of television’s all time best comedies. It’s a sharp satire of early 21st century America; its wealthy elite, its corporate culture and its politics. The show’s a comedic masterpiece that blends the style of classic farce with documentary and reality show filming techniques. It engages in wordplay, physical humor, callbacks and pioneered the concept of call forwards, lines of dialogue or background gags that become hilarious upon rewatching an episode because of something that happened in a later episode.

Unfortunately, the show’s rapid fire jokes and deeply serialized nature made it hard for a broad audience to easily jump on board the Arrested Development train. The series managed to last three seasons on Fox, before being canceled, with its final season truncated to 13 episodes and the final four episodes of the series airing opposite the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics. However, the show’s fans and crew held hope that someday there might be an Arrested Development movie that would wrap up the series. For years, the rumor of an “Arrested Development movie” would pop up from time to time, but never became a reality. Meanwhile, people kept talking about Arrested and a new audience discovered the show on DVD and through online streaming sites. Then, in 2012 it was announced that the show’s original cast and crew would reunite for a new season that would appear on the Netflix streaming service, and lo there was much rejoicing. When the fourth season premiered in May of 2013, Arrested fans were happy to have the Bluths back in their lives.

Now, as George Bluth taught us, “there’s always money in the banana stand,” so today we’re making a cocktail called There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand. It was created by Erica Namare of Portland, Oregon’s 23Hoyt bar and restaurant in anticipation of Arrested‘s fourth season. This messy to make drink is inspired by the classic Bluth frozen banana and uses rum, nuts, egg whites and honey.

There’s Always Money In The Banana Stand

  • 2 ounces Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum
  • 1/2 ounce Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce honey
  • 1 1/2 ounces banana
  • 1 egg white
  • grated nutmeg

Chop up the banana and place it in a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the honey, egg whites and liquors. Shake very well and strain into wine glass. Pour a small amount of nutmeg on top of the drink, and then serve with a dollar bill on a small cocktail skewer.

Tomorrow: The first animal to orbit the Earth.

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