Sometimes after a hard month of making drinks for monsters a guy needs to relax. It’s always Halloween here on the Dark Isles, and this years bash was certainly the biggest ever. As I get back to my haunted bungalow my newly divorced roommate is there recharging. She hisses as I come in and wave. I try to tell Frankie we’re not serious. I wonder if I’m lying. Still when she looks at me with those sparking pale eyes and her neck-bolts crackle in the moonlight, it could be love. Or maybe I should stop drinking straight absinthe.
I whip up a few of her favorites for a cocktail fit for a bride. Gin, coconut, sparkling wine with a kiss of orange and allspice. The hiss from her lips as she sips is all the thanks I need. She’s a great gal, but if she mentions the big M word to this booze-hound I’ll vanish faster than the Invisible Man.
When we did the Karloff Kooler last year it was great. Super tasty drink and a photo shoot so complicated we had to do it 4 times. This year I wanted to build off that in sort of a sequel. It’s not hard to make the argument that Bride of Frankenstein is better than the original. It had the benefit of more money, support, and technology to make it happen. Plus it doesn’t hurt that Karloff finally gets to speak in it. When I was a kid there was always something about The Bride that drew me to her, she might have been my first or second crush. Yeah, I’ve always been a weirdo. So the idea was to make a Tiki bridal cocktail. Sparkling wine and champagne flutes were a must. Plus I wanted to give it an ethereal whitish color like the streak in her hair and her burial robes. After about a year or more of looking a friend got me a bottle of Clement Mahina de Coco. It has a spot on coconut flavor with a little dose of Clement funk. It’s great, but if you don’ have it I suggest subbing unsweetened coconut milk. I’ve tested the drink with that to and it gives the drink great body and a pretty damn similar flavor. Try it both ways if you can!
1 oz london dry gin
½ oz Clement Mahina de Coco (unsweetened coconut milk will work in a pinch)
¾ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz orgeat
¼ oz allspice dram
dash orange bitters
3 to 3 ½ oz dry sparkling wine (Prosseco, Cava, or Korbel will do)
Shake together everything but the sparkling wine well with ice, once finished top with sparkling wine. Then strain into a flute and garnish with a twist of lemon. Maybe you can cut a better lightning bolt lemon peel then me!
The scents of fresh shaved white coconut and citrus mix well with the nose of the wine. It even wafts in to some vanilla notes that I think come from the coconut and orgeat scents getting muddled. The drink starts out rather deep like a dark stormy night. Those rich coconut flavors are slowly peeled away. The drink lightens and allows the gin and spice appear. Finally the orange bitters, dry wine, and lime crash ligke lightning and thunder to electrify your soul. YOUR ALIVE!
Well we hope you’ve enjoyed our annual Halloween bash! We always keep it spooky around here though. Stick around and tell us your favorite horror movie in the comments. By the way if you like gin Tiki as much as me check out this new post from one of my favorite bloggers who recently made it back from a long slumber. Welcome back Kaiser Penguin! Maybe we can get Colonel Tiki to rise from the grave to. Until next time…
“HAPPY HALLOWEEN AMERICA!” – JFL