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A Clockwork Orange Cocktail

By Natalie Grant, USA, August 2011

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Ever craved a bit of vellocet? How about synthemesc or drencrom? What about a nice, cold glass of milk?

In 1962, an English critic and musician named John Burgess Wilson wrote a little novel called A Clockwork Orange under the pen-name Anthony Burgess, with characters – primarily a narrator (slightly frustrating for first-time readers) – who speak in a slang language he created that mixes Russian roots and Cockney patterns. It was later adapted into the cult-classic 1971 Stanley Kubrick film of the same name.

Taking place in a dystopic future, the novel addresses (mild spoiler alert!) the fatalistic cycles of violence, juvenile delinquency, authoritative corruption and conditioning, sociopathic behavior, the abuse of the female form, and redemption through maturation. But before setting out on missions of raping and pillaging, the naughty teens around which the novel centers enjoy visits to a bar called the Korova Milk Bar, which slyly serves alcohol and drugs to young'uns via milky cocktails.

Thankfully, this horrific environment does not exist – but the Korova Milk Bar does.

Editor's Note: This recommendation was taken from our New York City Things To Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in New York City. Photo courtesy of

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