Episode 71: Spearfinger and River Mama

Episode 71: Spearfinger // River Mama

Patrice, Marleah, and Bartender Courtney drink very strong Chartinis and talk about a Cherokee ogress and a Jamaican mermaid goddess.

Spearfinger //

The Cherokee of the Great Smoky Mountains told of a stone ogress who had a finger like a spear that she used to silently remove the livers of children before sending them back to their villages to die. This is the story of Spearfinger and her downfall.

River Mama //

Throughout Jamaica’s troubled colonial history one thing was known, when the Rio Cobre turns lizard-green, it is said River Mama appears. Is she protecting Spanish gold or her creatures of the river? Do you dare to find out?



The SCS Chartini

by Bartender Courtney

This is BC’s custom cocktail for the virtual annual conference of the Standard Celeration Society, which is for very smart people like her who math and chart things.


  • 1 oz cognac
  • 1 oz apple cider
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (to add more flavor, add sprigs of thyme to your syrup as you heat) 
  • 2 oz champagne
  • 4 to 5 chunks of a red or green apple
  • Sprigs of thyme for garnish 
  • An apple slice for garnish 


  • To a shaker half filled with ice, add cognac, simple syrup, lemon juice and apple chunks
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass 
  • Remove apple chunks from shaker and add them to the glass
  • Top with 2 oz of champagne
  • Add sprigs of thyme for garnish

Variations:  For the whiskey drinkers like me: add 1 oz rye whiskey to the shaker with the other ingredients. 

Mocktail Version: Replace cognac with apricot, peach, or pear juice.  Replace champagne with sparkling water or club soda.

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