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Friday the 13th Cocktail

Since 1980, Friday the 13th has been a special day in the Miller family. That year, my dad‘s childhood fears of monsters under the bed and psychos in the closet were put on display at movie theaters around the world. The killer was a mom looking to avenge the death of her son Jason, who drowned while his camp counselors were fornicating. (The boy’s name was originally Joshua–thanks to my mom for making dad change it!) The movie was called Friday the 13th, and it was a game changer for us.

The success of the movie opened a lot of doors for dad, and ironically, he ended up moving from horror to soap opera writing for most of his career. (That would be a fun series of drinks to do. I guess they’d all be fizzes?) He’s retired now and enjoys photography,  attending horror conventions and playing Segway polo among other hobbies.

So now that I’m an amateur bartender, I thought I’d celebrate dad’s special day with a cocktail. He hasn’t had a drink in years, but I’m sure he’d enjoy this one if he still imbibed. I was looking to make a stirred drink that was red (duh) and as complex as Mrs. Voorhees. I think I did dad proud.


  • 2 oz Plantation 5-Year Barbados Rum (sub other quality aged rum)
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 1/2 oz Dubonnet Rouge
  • 2 dashes Fee Bros. Rhubarb Bitters


  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice cubes and stir until well-chilled
  • Strain into a chilled coupe
  • Garnish with a Luxardo cherry

If you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th) this ought to take the edge off. Hope you enjoy it!


6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2012 2:02 pm

    Love it. Sounds awesome, if I imbibed, I would drink that.

  2. bigkahunabrew permalink
    April 16, 2012 6:08 am

    YUM! Plantation 5-Year Barbados Rum would have me all hung up. Can’t make a cocktail if you sip all the rum!

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      April 16, 2012 7:16 am

      Fortunately you and I have plenty more rum!

  3. July 13, 2012 7:27 pm

    I was just thinking about what would make a good Friday the 13th Cocktail. I didn’t think of having it relate to the movie, but rather trepidation and bad luck. Combining Aperol and rum certainly fills me with trepidation! I will have to try it with some other bitters, though, as your chioce is hard to come by. Happy Friday the 13th!


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