With a catchy and suggestive name like “Blame it on Rio,” I knew there must be a story behind the “Celebrity Whet” this week that was submitted to us by Sean at Harold’s Corral, Cave Creek. A quick internet search turned up the IMDb page for the 1984 “classic” (get this) Blame it on Rio.

I thought I was quite the movie-buff (after all, the only person who calls me more than my mother is ‘Sharon’ at Blockbuster notifying me that my movies are late again), but some how, this little gem of a film slipped through my fingers. The brief synopsis I found on the ol’ “interweb” revealed the film’s clever plot: Two middle-aged men take a holiday with their teenage daughters in Rio where one falls for the other’s daughter. I searched and searched, but somehow a film of this caliber failed to win any awards.

Sean assures us that this drink (unlike the film of the same name) is a hit with even the toughest critics. It is one of the most popular drinks mixed-up by the bartenders at Harold’s and packs quite a punch. He cautions everyone to “enjoy them carefully” and of course we agree. So clean out your liquor cabinet and mix these up for some friends at home, or treat your favorite carnivorous DD to some of the yummy grub at Harold’s Corral.

“Whet your whistle on this”:

Blame it on Rio


  • 1 part Southern Comfort
  • 1 part Sloe Gin
  • 1 part Amaretto
  • 1 part Captain Morgan
  • 1 part Bacardi
Mix with equal parts of OJ, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and just a dash of grenadine.