I’ll take booze anytime, but when I started streaming The Invitation on Netflix, I knew I NEEDED some booze.
It’s directed by the legendary Karyn Kusama, (Jennifer’s Body, Girlfight) which is probably the main reason why I needed a drink right off the bat.
She is amazing.
It starts simple enough. A couple has been invited to a dinner party by an ex. Will, the ex of Eva, takes his new girlfriend to Eva’s swank home in the Hollywood Hills, and if this situations wasn’t weird enough, it just gets weirder.
Kusama’s directing working with the incredible actors succeeds in creating one of those terribly awkward social situations that just make you want to drink. You know, the people you kind of know trying to make small talk about their overly-normal lives while the entire time you can feel something “off” brewing underneath. She takes you there. She sets the mood perfectly.
That shit that makes you drink.
So, the characters arrive to a warm welcome from the fellow guests. All parties grab a drink, start to talk, and then shit gets strange.
Eva and her new guy have just arrived from a trip. They have an odd new friend, and some even stranger outlooks on life. First thought: Cult.
Paranoia, odd behavior, awkward conversations and a great mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire film. But trust me, you’ll need that drink.
I have the perfect remedy for you. Rye and Pomegranate Punch.
Just like the movie, this drink is complex, mysterious, and will probably make you feel a little loopy. Find the recipe below and feel free to experiment with your spirit brand of choice. Enjoy and, drink responsibly!
- 2 cups rye whiskey
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- ½ cup honey simple syrup
- ½ cup Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
- ½ teaspoon Peychaud’s bitters
- 1 12-oz. can club soda
- Freshly ground cloves (for serving)
Combine rye, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, honey simple syrup, liqueur, and bitters in a punch bowl and chill until cold, about 3 hours.
Thirty minutes before serving, add ice cubes or ice ring (the punch tastes better slightly diluted).
Just before serving, add club soda and garnish with cloves. Serve over ice.