The Spruce Goose: A Tribute to Top Gun Maverick’s RIO

We are counting down the days until the release of the sequel to Top Gun. If you’re wondering what I’m wearing, I’m dressed in my Pete Mitchell call sign “Maverick” flight suit in this episode as an homage to Anthony Edwards’ character in the film, call sign “Goose.” He was Maverick’s RIO or Radar Intercept Officer. Did you ever wonder about the flat spin that cost Goose his life? Could that really happen? In this video, we’ll provide our perspective and pay tribute to Goose by making a Spruce Goose cocktail which was created at Alameda, a now closed bar in Brooklyn, NY.

This cocktail is a mash up of a Bee’s Knees and Dale DeGroff’s Fitzgerald with big bitters energy. The heavy use of spicy Angostura bitters nicely balances the honey syrup and gives the drink a gorgeous deep red color. It may seem strange to garnish the drink with a bit of salt, but it helps bring out the flavor! We’ll be adding this one to our regular rotation!

—–Time stamps—–
0:00 Intro
1:13 Call Sign Goose
2:32 The Truth about the F14 & Goose’s Death
5:05 Spruce Goose, the Aircraft
6:48 Spruce Goose, the Cocktail
7:24 Making the Spruce Goose
9:10 Danger Zone

—–Spruce Goose specs—–
2 oz American Gin from Durham Distillery
1/2 oz honey syrup (1:1)🐝
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 oz angostura bitters
Garnish: Sprinkle of salt

Combine all ingredients with ice and shake to chill and dilute the drink. Fine strain into a martini or Nick and Nora glass and sprinkle with salt.

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—- What we used to make this video —–
Camera: Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Microphone: Rode VideoMic NTG
Editing: DaVinci Resolve 17
Teleprompter: Apple iPad @TeleprompterPAD

—– Videos that Inspired Us—–

@Ward Carroll ’s Top Gun video:

—– Music —–
Danger Zone
Song by Kenny Loggins

Top Gun Anthem
Song by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens

“Snap Along” by David Fesliyan*

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