Big Trouble in Little China Drink | How to Drink

  • Published: 10 July 2019
  • John Carpenters Second best film is one of my all time faves, lets nerd out about it, make Six Demon Bag, and try some Baiju.


    Oh man do I love this movie. It's so incredibly weird and wonderful and full of crazy 80's special effects, and demons, ghosts, vampires, lich's, bugbears, beholders... a veritable Monstrous Manual of wild stuff in here. Plus we've got Jack Bower, portrayed by Kurt Russell basically doing a goofball version of John Wayne but with a semi-truck. It's got Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Donald Li, and of course Kim Cattrall... Magic! Monsters! Adventure! And it's all in the reflexes...

    Stranger Things Season 3 has me thinking about the movies I grew up, and John Carpenter, specifically Big Trouble, feature large in my mind at the moment. In the scene before the Big Battle of this movie, Egg Shen, played by Victor Wong, prepares our heroes for battle with a "medicine" that most fans of the film call Six Demon Bag (I point out in this episode that that's not really right, but it doesn't matter) so they can enjoy a "Big Buzz" also, maybe see things other people don't see? It's not very clear. Anyway, I thought it was time I take a stab at making my own Six Demon Bag, and here it is.

    Six Demon Bag
    .5 oz. -or- 15 ml. Pineapple Juice
    1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Lime Juice
    Two Dashes of Elemakule Tiki Bitters
    .5 oz. -or- 15 ml. Ginger Syrup
    .75 oz. -or- 22 ml. Baijiu
    2 oz. -or- 60 ml. Appleton Estate 12 year Rum
    Shake and decant with Dry Ice
    Serve up

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  • How To Drink
    How To Drink   3 months back

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    • Davis Tuck
      Davis Tuck  2 months back

      @How To Drink mix baiju and absinthe

    • Gary Nansel
      Gary Nansel  2 months back

      @How To Drink fun fact my uncle is Kurt Russell's personal makeup artist! But he didn't start until 89

    • mueflo
      mueflo  2 months back

      As an D&D afficionado you could make a drink called Beholder or The Lich or something

    • michel Guevara
      michel Guevara  2 months back

      @jinxiejae hmm, a 'Tululah', Blanquette de Limoux Princess Cuvee, London Dry and a dash of Yellow Chartreuse in a tall skinny glass over crushed ice..
      a 'Fat Sam', bathtub-gin, cachaca , angostura, star a whiskey tumbler
      one of my favourite films when it came out
      Bugsy only ever orders a sasparilla..
      then there's a 'Grand Slam', but I''ve run out of ideas!

    • jinxiejae
      jinxiejae  3 months back

      I don't know if you can make a drink on it, but there is a forgotten gem, circa 70s I think, called bugsy malone. Starring a kid Scott Baio and Jodie Foster. Which was a musical. About 1920s prohibition gangsters. Played by little kids. It's pure wtf, but real fun with great songs. Look it up, it's a fun watch.

  • Vailyn Banks
    Vailyn Banks  2 days back

    So, let me see if I've got this straight. You recognize DnD references, AND you make bad ass cocktails?

    • DJKLnificent
      DJKLnificent  4 days back

      Hahah this movie is ahead of my time but it’s one my favorite movies next to Goonies and Tbe last dragon! (Thanks dad) I love this movie and I love this show.

      • DaDragon555
        DaDragon555  5 days back

        How does Baiju compare to Malort?

        • Caranfin Naurlain
          Caranfin Naurlain  1 weeks back

          Jack does catch the bottle at the start of the movie and says, "It's all in the reflexes." So maybe the one thing Jack actually can do well is catch and throw objects.

          • Mr. Blutarsky
            Mr. Blutarsky  1 weeks back

            I'm gonna forgive you the Jack Bower bit, although mistaking Kurt Russel for Keifer Sutherland is ordinarily a sin.

            • Donovan Steele
              Donovan Steele  2 weeks back

              Yes! Yes! Yes! I watch this channel almost every day and just discovered this episode. Best movies ever! Best drink ever!

              • Spartacus547
                Spartacus547  3 weeks back

                It sounds like you're enjoying a drink made out of it sweat gym sock or maybe possibly a sock that's been worn by homeless man for 6 months straight

                • Merjot
                  Merjot  4 weeks back

                  You know I really get the sense that the drink is supposed to be awful, and get you trashed.

                  • zelosjr
                    zelosjr  4 weeks back

                    Bit of a late comment, but I'm a little disappointed you didn't get the color right. It was definitely blue/green. Do you think it'd be possible to work some blue curacao into the recipe or something similar?

                    • Malcolm Thorne
                      Malcolm Thorne  4 weeks back

                      Baiju sounds like asian Gammeldansk from the description, XD. I've never tasted anything as foul as gammeldansk but it's just one of those things that every nordic man drinks at some point.
                      I and my friends tend to order it to our guy friends when we're celebrating their birthdays in a sort of "we love you man. Here, fuck you." way.

                      • Eli Berdinner
                        Eli Berdinner  4 weeks back

                        I'm sure you get this a lot, but I can't help myself...Why Do You Spill So Much!?!?!

                        • Maenethal
                          Maenethal  4 weeks back

                          I really hate it when someone taps my favorite head. That's why I rarely wear it out. My backup head works well enough and I can take out my favorite for special occasions or when I'm at home.

                          • Gabriel Frankford
                            Gabriel Frankford  4 weeks back

                            If you had the same presentation but soft blue or spicy red, then you would have a Genie. You could make a flight of Genies or a magic carpet ride.

                            • Jade Bell
                              Jade Bell  4 weeks back

                              🤣🤣 we just watched this movie last night. Great Carpenter movie starring Kurt Russell and yes it’s very weird movie. But a pretty good movie.

                              • Draco Drew
                                Draco Drew  1 months back

                                I subscribed when you this was one of your favorite movies

                                • David Baron
                                  David Baron  1 months back

                                  I looked away during the first couple of seconds and the music had me like: "wait did I click on an Abroad in Japan video by accident?"

                                  • Donikage
                                    Donikage  1 months back

                                    No. No. Goddamit no, no fucking baiju!

                                    • Paul Brozyna
                                      Paul Brozyna  1 months back

                                      There’s been a bottle of that stuff behind the counter of my favourite Chinese restaurant for as long as I can remember. Personally I’d describe the taste as soy sauce, ethanol and nail polish remover.

                                      I’m stealing that Colour Out of Space reference, that possibly the best geek shorthand reference for something that is beyond description in its ephemeral existence and fundamental wrongness that I have ever heard.

                                      Let’s hope you run into nothing that could be described as “Shoggothy”...

                                      • Joe JoeLesh
                                        Joe JoeLesh  1 months back

                                        Lol, I have partied with some Chinese, and drank some Biju. Here is to you man. That is brave to try and taste the stuff.

                                        • Nathan Blubaugh
                                          Nathan Blubaugh  1 months back

                                          This was very gross! But I drank the whole thing.

                                          • Timothy Schenks
                                            Timothy Schenks  1 months back

                                            You had me at Monster Manual.

                                            • Wrench Every Day
                                              Wrench Every Day  2 months back

                                              If you switch the first letters of tart fire, it becomes fart tire. It's funny. Because it says fart.

                                              • Jkey 03
                                                Jkey 03  2 months back

                                                Newly subscribed and lovin the channel!  Really enjoying all the movie references & recreating the famous drinks that were made on film.

                                                • Patrick Fouhy
                                                  Patrick Fouhy  2 months back

                                                  Jack Burton also displays his reflexes in the scene where he is gambling with his buddy, when they first meet.

                                                  • Ben Tolar
                                                    Ben Tolar  2 months back

                                                    So when are you gonna do some DND themed drinks?

                                                  • Gage Griffin
                                                    Gage Griffin  2 months back

                                                    You should make a beholder drink

                                                    • Shaboigan
                                                      Shaboigan  2 months back

                                                      Some D&D references, in a drinking show?????
                                                      I need some D&D themed cocktails now

                                                      • john allen
                                                        john allen  2 months back

                                                        Baiju: It's all in the gag reflexes

                                                        • jewishjedi
                                                          jewishjedi  2 months back

                                                          The beholder has too many eyes in its head.

                                                          • Eire Kraut
                                                            Eire Kraut  2 months back

                                                            I've drank shots of baijiu, his attempt to describe it is so spot on.

                                                            • Sidney Martinez
                                                              Sidney Martinez  2 months back

                                                              I’m sort of afraid to go with the baiju. 😬 is there an alternative to it? That’s the only turn off I get. Still willing to have a shot with good ol’ jack burton next to his pork chop express 🐖🚛

                                                              • Davis Tuck
                                                                Davis Tuck  2 months back

                                                                Way down in the baiju bayou

                                                                • Cristian Marquez
                                                                  Cristian Marquez  2 months back

                                                                  the six demon bag, is just
                                                                  water, salt
                                                                  milk, fruit juice guava
                                                                  sugar, alcohol

                                                                  • BuddhaBebop
                                                                    BuddhaBebop  2 months back

                                                                    touch the untouchable, break the unbreakable

                                                                    • Warlocke000
                                                                      Warlocke000  2 months back

                                                                      The real trick to mixing this drink is to get the Baiju to stay in the shaker. lol

                                                                      • Sinister Thoughts
                                                                        Sinister Thoughts  2 months back

                                                                        Actually... Jack caught the bottle flying into his face at the beginning, demonstrating his reflexes.

                                                                        • Toku Tofu
                                                                          Toku Tofu  2 months back

                                                                          Have you thought about doing a collab with Cocktail Chemistry ? Would love to see you guys create some wild concoctions.

                                                                          • Joi Bradley
                                                                            Joi Bradley  2 months back

                                                                            No way. Bet it's poison.

                                                                            • Sheldon Robertson
                                                                              Sheldon Robertson  2 months back

                                                                              >distilled from sorghum...
                                                                              So a type of rum. From Asia. With gasoline and toe jam. And wet dog.

                                                                              And you're going to dilute the hell out of it.

                                                                              • BackWoods
                                                                                BackWoods  2 months back

                                                                                3:36 breitling superocean I believe

                                                                                • Andrew Montague
                                                                                  Andrew Montague  2 months back

                                                                                  I love the theatrical serving and blessing be upon the gods, the sloppiest of all pours was slow-mo'd for us!

                                                                                  • avskrap
                                                                                    avskrap  3 months back

                                                                                    Don't know if anyone has answered this yet, but the watch Kurt Russel wears looks alot like a Breitling Superocean.

                                                                                    • avskrap
                                                                                      avskrap  3 months back

                                                                                      @How To Drink Yeah, you're right. Might be some Frankenwatch movie prop, don't know any other watches with that dial... Looks kinda like an Invicta (they too have the wings on some dials)? But wouldn't be able to name and models.

                                                                                    • How To Drink
                                                                                      How To Drink   3 months back

                                                                                      Yeah the dial certainly does, but I can’t find a single super ocean that has a case ANYTHING like that

                                                                                  • HeckGo 19
                                                                                    HeckGo 19  3 months back

                                                                                    I love that movie

                                                                                    • Catholic Call to Action
                                                                                      Catholic Call to Action  3 months back

                                                                                      "Smells like gasoline and funk"

                                                                                      Post-view edit:
                                                                                      >doing a colour out of space type of drink
                                                                                      Oh man

                                                                                      • Lord 1123
                                                                                        Lord 1123  3 months back

                                                                                        I am happy someone recognized big trouble in little china

                                                                                        • TheAlwaysBreezy
                                                                                          TheAlwaysBreezy  3 months back

                                                                                          wow not halloween? interesting

                                                                                          • Owen Coombs
                                                                                            Owen Coombs  3 months back

                                                                                            Says "Big Buzz" in tasting notes instead of HUGE BUZZ like the movie