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Zaphod Beeblebrox, ex-President of the Galaxy, invented the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, a beverage that is the, “Alcoholic equivalent of a mugging: expensive and bad for the head.” Of course, Zaphod is a fictional character with two heads and three arms in the book “Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. Unless you happen to have Janx spirit, water from the sea of Santraginus V, Acturan mega-gin, Fallian marsh gas and the tooth of an Angolian Suntigar, you won’t be making the beverage found in the book. Good news: there are Earth versions. Guide-to-the-galaxy nerds all over the world have been mixing up space-age alcoholic beverages to make you pass out with one eye open.


A favorite version of the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster comes from the club “Zaphod Beeblebrox” in Ottawa, Canada. This beverage is delicious, and it glows with ultra-violet light. Beware: the book describes the experience as, “Having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon, wrapped around a large gold brick.”  To make this drink, you will need:

  • 1 ounce Jack Daniel’s whiskey
  • 1 ounce Peach Schnapps
  • 4 to 6 ounces of orange juice
  • 1 splash of Blue Curacao liqueur

Fill a shaker 75% of the way with the ice, the Jack, Peach Schnapps and orange juice. Shake it up nice and cold, pop the top of the shaker, place a strainer over it and strain the liquid into a highball glass. Drizzle the Curacao over the concoction and garnish with a twist of lemon or, to stay true to the book, an olive. Put on a helmet. Enjoy.