Report and photos from the 2 Redheads premiere party

We love an excuse for a party and the unveiling of the final cut of the pilot episode to all the great and glorious folks who helped make it a thing was certainly a great incentive. 

By all accounts, it seems to have gone great. People laughed at the jokes and generally seemed amused by the content of the pilot, which is basically the point, so I'm calling it a win. We actually watched it a second time (at the request of the attendees, I did not force it on them).

There was spinach lasagna. There was red velvet cake and Scooter's Frozen Custard. Our friend/gentleman/mixologist/extra/extremely eager amateur crew member/real-life chemist Dan O'Hanlon was asked if he could devise a signature cocktail to mark the evening. And, because he is the Dan we know and love, he came up with two, one for each redhead, designed to match the preferences of the actress that played her. I can tell you that I greatly enjoyed my "Scarlet." Try them out yourself and you might have as much fun as we did:


The Scarlet (Lemon Cherry Sunrise)

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tequila (Reposado)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Simple syrup (1:1)
  • 2 oz. Seltzer
  • 3/4 oz. Cherry Heering
  • Lemon and Cherry Bitters (to taste)

Mix the lemon, simple syrup, and tequila together in a glass, add ice and seltzer and stir. Add bitters to taste and then pour in the Cherry Heering (can use grenadine instead). Garnish with a cherry.

The Ruby (Strong version of the "Blood and Sand" cocktail)

  • 1 1/2 oz. Scotch (something peaty but inexpensive)
  • 3/4 oz. Italian sweet vermouth
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3/4 oz. Cherry Heering

Shake over ice and strain. Garnish with a cherry.


Now it's just a countdown until the morning when all the rest of you fine folks can see it. I hope you like it. I hope you tell everyone you know about it and they like it, too. I can't wait to the continue the story and bring you more episode. This has been a really fun and exciting ride.

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Jessica Johnson

Jessica made her professional acting debut at the Chicago Theatre in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and later went on to appear in productions of Antigone, And a Nightingale Sang and The Vagina Monologues. She writes about TV and film for Time Out Chicago and has appeared on The Rotten Tomatoes Show.