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The Bitter Astronaut

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This month’s Food ‘n Flix Club is hosted by A Day in the Life on the Farm and the selection is The Martian starring Matt Damon. I was torn about this movie selection because I started reading the book a while ago, but never finished. I prefer to read books before watching their movies. I also love participating in Food ‘n Flix and didn’t want to miss out. I’m glad I decided to join and watch the movie because it was so great!

Mark Whatney’s persistence and ingenuity was impressive and so interesting to watch. This movie had me sucked in from the very beginning. There are nail biting moments, tearful moments, and lighthearted humor moments. A good mix of emotions.

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It took me a while to decide what recipe to create for this film. I love the idea of running with it and just making like an entire feast of potatoes, but I wanted to think outside the box. I settled on a cocktail because if I had been stranded on Mars, I would have majorly needed a cocktail. Mark Whatney never comes across as bitter, but again, if it had been me that was stranded, I would have been bitter! Wouldn’t you?!

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Campari makes up the bitter portion of our cocktail, as well as helping with the red coloring to represent Mars. We need a strong drink, so let’s go ahead and add some vodka (made from potatoes!) Cherry or strawberry juice adds to the red color, while mint and lime juice round it all out.

Don’t forget to serve with potatoes dipped in Vicodin (don’t really do that – let’s just pretend).

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Check out A Day in the Life on the Farm for all the recipe submissions to accompany The Martian.

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The Bitter Astronaut Cocktail


  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 1 fluid ounce campari
  • 2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 2 fluid ounces strawberry or cherry juice
  • ice


  1. Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a glass, squeeze in the juice from 1 lime wedge, and muddle to break up the mint leaves.
  2. Add the campari, vodka, juice, and ice.
  3. Serve with potatoes dipped in crushed vicodin (not really - just use salt!)

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