Adam Maitland’s Eternal Elixir – Crafting the Perfect Afterlife

When we think of the movie Beetlejuice, the first thing that often comes to mind is the whimsical, eccentric, and otherworldly characters that make the film a cult classic. Among them is Adam Maitland, a recently-deceased gentleman learning to navigate the complexities of the afterlife alongside his wife, Barbara. What better way to pay homage to this endearing character than with a cocktail that encapsulates his essence?

Introducing Adam Maitland’s Afterlife Old Fashioned—a cocktail that blends the traditional with a hint of the extraordinary, much like Adam himself. This drink is not just an Old Fashioned; it’s an epitome of comfort in a glass, something Adam would have enjoyed in his quieter moments.

The Experience

This cocktail is perfect for those who love the classic Old Fashioned but want to give it a little twist, much like how Adam had to adapt to his new ‘life’ in the afterlife. The orange garnish adds a burst of color and aroma, awakening your senses much like the mysterious world that Adam finds himself navigating.

Why It Works

The bourbon serves as the robust base, symbolizing Adam’s foundational role in his relationship with Barbara and his quest for understanding in the afterlife. The Angostura bitters add layers, much like the layers of the afterlife that Adam and Barbara have to go through. The sugar brings sweetness, a nod to Adam’s kind and gentle nature. Finally, the orange peel adds a touch of freshness and zest, capturing the essence of a man who’s been given a new ‘lease’ on life, even if it’s in the afterlife.

So, whether you’re a Beetlejuice fan, an Old Fashioned aficionado, or just someone looking to try something new and meaningful, Adam Maitland’s Afterlife Old Fashioned is the drink for you. Cheers to the afterlife!

Adam Maitland's Afterlife

Adam Maitland’s Afterlife Cocktail Recipe

Adam Maitland's Afterlife is the perfect tribute to one of Beetlejuice's most enduring characters. This cocktail embodies Adam's essence, blending the classic elements of an Old Fashioned—bourbon, sugar, and bitters—with a zest of orange peel for a modern twist. It's robust, complex, and offers a hint of sweetness, just like Adam himself. It's not just a drink; it's a journey into the afterlife, one sip at a time. Ideal for Beetlejuice fans or anyone looking for a comforting yet exciting cocktail experience. Cheers to life, death, and the in-between!

Rate this Recipe

Prep Time 4 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes

Ingredients – What’s in it?

Adjust Servings 1 serving

Instructions – How to make it:

  • Place the sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass.
  • Add the bitters and a splash of water.
  • Muddle until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Fill the glass with ice and pour in the bourbon.
  • Stir and garnish with an orange peel and a tiny model bridge.

Become a Drink Buddy


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 0.02mg | Iron: 0.02mg

Course Beverage, Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine Beverage, Cocktail, Drinks
Keyword Beverage, Cocktail, Drink

More Beetlejuice themed Cocktails

The Waiting Room's Eternal Wait

The Waiting Room’s Eternal Wait

The Waiting Room's Eternal Wait Whiskey Sour Cocktail. A timeless blend of whiskey, lemon, and sweetness. Perfectly eerie! Take a sip and wait no more!
Sandworm's Desert

Sandworm’s Desert

Unearth the thrill of the Beetlejuice universe with Sandworm's Desert Tequila Sunrise! Tequila, OJ, and grenadine combine for a cocktail that bites back!
Juno's Caseworker

Juno’s Caseworker

Get a taste of the afterlife with Juno's Caseworker Cooler! A refreshing blend of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Perfect for "Beetlejuice" fans!
Otho's Faux-Paranormal Fizz

Otho’s Faux-Paranormal Fizz

Embrace the whimsical charm of Otho from "Beetlejuice" with the Faux-Paranormal Fizz! Vodka, elderflower, and lemon with a lavender garnish—cheers!
Charles Deetz's New Home

Charles Deetz’s New Home

Embrace new beginnings with Charles Deetz's New Home Negroni! A balanced blend of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, it's the perfect housewarming sip.
Delia Deetz's Artsy Spritz

Delia Deetz’s Artsy Spritz

Delia Deetz's Artsy Aperol Spritz A Masterpiece in a Glass Channeling Delia Deetz - Crafting an Aperol Spritz as Artsy as She Is In Tim Burton's iconic film "Beetlejuice," Delia Deetz is a character who exudes artistic flair. A self-absorbed artist and interior decorator, she is a personality you can't
Lydia Deetz's Paranormal Potion

Lydia Deetz’s Paranormal Potion

Unveil the mysteries of Lydia Deetz's Paranormal Potion! Black vodka, Chambord, and blue curaçao come together for a drink that's eerily captivating.
Barbara Maitland's Ghostly Gimlet

Barbara Maitland’s Ghostly Gimlet

Sip on Barbara Maitland's Ghostly Gimlet! This gin-based cocktail with lime and simple syrup is garnished with thyme, capturing her nurturing spirit.
Adam Maitland's Afterlife

Adam Maitland’s Afterlife

Adam Maitland's Afterlife Old Fashioned blends classic and extraordinary. Bourbon, sugar, bitters, and an orange twist make it a drink to die for!
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice Cocktail

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice Cocktail

Get in the "Beetlejuice" spirit with this mesmerizing cocktail! Beet syrup, lime juice, mezcal, seltzer, and ginger beer create a drink you'll name thrice!
Handbook for the Recently Deceased Cocktail

Handbook for the Recently Deceased Cocktail

Summon the quirky spirit of "Beetlejuice" with the Handbook for the Recently Deceased cocktail! A bourbon base, exotic Falernum, and a fizz of prosecco.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice Cocktail

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice Cocktail

Unleash the magic of Halloween with the Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice Cocktail! A vibrant blend of gin, chartreuse, Midori, and cucumber. Spooky and refreshing!
Beetlejuice Cocktail

Beetlejuice Cocktail

Summon the spirit of Halloween with the Beetlejuice Cocktail! A colorful mix of vodka, melon liqueur, raspberry liqueur, and more. Say it thrice and sip!