To commemorate the launch last Monday of cyberwar, cryptocurrency, and hacker news site The Cryptosphere, and this weekend’s HOPE-X conference in Manhattan that I am missing, we present an indie film about hackers, leakers, and being caught in a government-sponsored web. Woz likes it, and that’s good enough for me.
Algorithm is about a semi-average dude caught up in events far beyond his ken. Think of it as a less clueful Edward Snowden in a Brazil-like situation. The movie is touring, so check the schedule on their website to see it IRL. Meantime, you can watch a low-res version of it here.
To go with our movie, what better cocktail than the bespoke (and yes, this time it actually is appropriate, for the legendary Jay Jones made it just for me, at my request) Whistleblower Cocktail inspired by Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
1.5 oz Imperia (Russian Premium Vodka, made from Winter Wheat)
.25 oz Giffard Banane du Bresil (French liqueur, made by maceration of Brazilian bananas)
.5 oz Renegade Rum Company, Limited Edition Panama Rum 1995
-distilled in Panama (in honour of Julian’s escape to Ecuadorian sanctuary, if only in the embassy; there wasn’t any Ecuadorian rum at the bar)
-aged 13 years in Bourbon casks
-enhanced in Chateau Margaux casks
-bottled at Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay, Scotland in 2008
-limited release of 1080 bottles
4 dashes Fee Brothers Gin-Barrel Aged Orange Bitters
-classic orange bitters aged in cask which had formerly aged Old Tom Gin (well, who wouldn’t be bitter after all he’s gone through, eh?)
1 Fresh Lime Peel Zest
-stir, strain, add the zest – serve it all in a beautiful coupe.
This is a lovely, citrusy cocktail that is smoothed out by the rum in approximately the way your favorite diva is mellowed by sitting next to a stoner and absorbing herbs by osmosis.
And now, our film: