Your Unauthorized Guide to the Golden Age of National Lampoon Magazine

94. “Fuzzy Gator” Cocktail

June 8, 2004

Q: I am a bartender in Albany, NY and I am into a well knit community of bartenders and bartending historians. There was a book that came out a few years ago called “New Classic Cocktails” by Gary Regan. In the book he mentioned a cocktail with a base spirit of NyQuil. But the rest of the cocktail ingredients were unknown. To my surprise a coworker mentioned a cocktail that was featured some time ago in National Lampoon called the Fuzzy Gator. It consisted of Vodka and NyQuil. After much research on the internet I have come up virtually empty. Can you shed some light on this? anything sound familiar? Or possibly could you lead me in the right direction?

A: According to Pete, it was in a comic called “Popular Drunk Hunting” in the June 1980 (Fresh Air) issue. More info in the Comments link. (Thanks, Pete!)


The drink you are looking for was actually called "The Hairy Fish". Check Lampoon's from 1981 to '82. It might be in the Drug issue with the woman flying behind an office desk.

—Terry Anderson

August 11, 2004 7:22 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, Terry. That would be the January 1980 (Fantasy) issue. I looked through the issue, but couldn't find it. The cover actually shows a guy behind the flying desk, by the way. I think you're getting it mixed up with the September 1984 (Fall Fashion Preview) cover which shows a woman falling past a skyscraper. The two covers are similar in a odd way. (I couldn't find the drink in that issue either.)


September 7, 2004 10:14 pm

It's in a comic called Popular Drunk Hunting in the June 1980 Fresh Air issue. It's called Swamp Juice (Gator-Aid, Nyquil and vodka to tase). The article says you'll see grizzly gators if you drink too many....hurry - the liquor store closes any minute!

—Pete Shellem

December 11, 2004 4:47 pm

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