Dark Isle Luau: Sharknado Season

With our shadowy luau in full swing all that’s needed is some perfect weather. Now for your average person perfect weather means bright sun and a cool breeze. Monsters however greatly prefer a nice big Sharknado. Grab your chainsaws and gas cans guys and ghouls we have some sky sharks to slay.

Ah yes, the B movie that has taken a lot of us by storm for the past two years. It garners as much praise as it does critics. Yours truly is personally quite the fan, but why is that? Because of fun dear friends, fun plain and simple. No one will accuse the Sharknado movies of being masterpieces, but those who aren’t full of themselves can find the humor and visceral pleasure in them. B movies like this and more tie not only into Halloween, but in many ways Tiki as well. Afterall aren’t Tiki drinks the B movie cousin of that Oscar wining, gin sipping, vest wearing, Martini? It doesn’t mean they are inferior, in their own way they are just as much art as that perfect old fashioned. However Tiki drinks don’t take themselves so seriously. They are fun drinks for fun drunks. They both take a lot of skill and devotion to craft as well. A poorly measured, unbalanced Tiki drink is no fun. Likewise the difference between a cult classic B movie and a stinker destined for the ash heap is a fine line to walk.


Blue drinks are fun, B Movies are fun, you should try them before you pass judgement.

For out Sharknado tribute drink we get silly with the garnish. We encourage you to be equally playful in the decoration if you desire. I almost bought some small children’s water squirter bath toys I ran across instead to add as garnish. The drink itself was a process that took a lot of playing with. In the end we new we wanted a drink with big flavor and some power to boot. Wray and Nephew lends plenty of both.


If I had some Chainsaw swizzlesticks I would have skewered a gummy shark so fast

1 ½ oz Cruzan White
¾ oz Wray and Nephew
½ oz blue curacao
¾ oz fresh lime
¼ oz coconut cream
½ oz orgeat
½ oz fresh orange juice
dash Bittermen’s Elemakule bitters

Shake ingredients together well and pout into a hurricane glass. Add crushed ice to fill. Garnish with some shark themed kitsch and enjoy. A sprig of mint is always nice and tiki as well. To make the garnish you see merely skewer the gummy sharks behind the fin with steak knife. Then push down over a metal straw making sure to clean any candy out of the opening. This is most easily accomplished after leaving the gummies in the fridge for a day.



Delicious aromas of coconut, citrus peel, mint, and the grassy funk of Wray. The flavors is rich and full bodied with the coconut cream playing with the funky rubbery rum and orange peel up front. Light spices fold in quickly then fade to a light cleansing citrus with a very mild bitterness. The finish is lightly sweet and not at all cloying. Coconut cream ,though a tiny addition, really teams well with orgeat to create a rich mouthfeel and lasting finish to our cocktail. For a easy party tip we recommend getting some disposable hurricane glasses for your guests. Coconut and orgeat taste great together, but seem to leave a residue that demands hand polishing after washing.


Remember folks, real sharks are important parts of our ecosystem. They may be scary predators and great movie fodder. But you should never hurt a real one. Movies and reality must be kept separate.

Halloween is about fun, so break out some of those beloved B films. Let us know some of your favorites in the comments why don’t you? Until next time…


“You get Hammered America” – JFL


About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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