In “Cruddy” by Lynda Barry, Roberta’s dad, Ray, constantly guzzles Old Skull Popper. What exactly is Old Skull Popper? Lynda Barry thinks she made the name up, influenced by an Old West novel. We loved the name and decided we should come up with our own version. Honestly, this recipe is more tame than anything a navy man like Ray would drink. But, we like to keep our senses and stomachs during our book discussions.
2/3 cup tequila
1 cup grapefruit juice
1/3 cup Rose's lime juice
1/2 cup triple sec
1/4 cup blackberry puree (see recipe below)
Cherry Pop Rocks — yep, you read that right!
Grapefruit slices, halved
In a pitcher combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec, and blackberry puree. Pour mixture over ice. Garnish with grapefruit slices and sprinkle with Pop Rocks.
16 oz frozen blackberries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
Puree berries and sugar in processor. Strain and discard seeds.
Break out the Old Skull Popper to celebrate a night you’ll never remember with friends you’ll never forget! Cruddy by Lynda Barry, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt are favorite boozy books.