Dark Isle Blitz: Gosebusters

There I was finishing up my garnish tray in the Dark Isles Daquiri Den. Our annual bash just keeps getting bigger and so does the guest list. I let the wolfman in early to enjoy a beer while my gremlin barback washed and set glasses. I could scarely believe it when a dimensional portal opened and out stepped Gozer the Gozerian. The Traveler that had nearly destroyed New York.
“Are you a God?”, She hissed
“I am”, I said calmly as I sipped my coffee. Luckily the Ghostbusters were in my Rolodex.
She seemed in disbelief. So I quickly set about cobbling together a cocktail to prove my claims. A wash of relief ran over me when her mind seemed blown. This year was going to be a veritable Ballroom Blitz here on the Dark Isles.

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Ghostbusters is one of those movies that you either love, or you have no pulse. I’ll be honest however I’ve always been a huge fan of The Real Ghostbusters. This cherished cartoon builds off the 1st movie and sets the guys against everyone from devils, and valkyrie’s to Dracula and Cthulhu himself. The risks taken and references made in this cartoon are as delightful as the the jokes still are to me. It’s something I watch every October because of all it’s horror callbacks. This drink specifically was born our of us buying Westbrook’s Gose cans without really knowing anything aside from we really loved their other beers. We’d never had a sour, salty, coriander beer before and it was a shock. However I’ll never forget my elation when we read how to pronounce it on the back of the can. It sounded almost exactly like Gozer. We knew then we had to turn this fine funky beer into a cocktail.

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Gozer’s Gulp
1 oz Flor de Cana 7
1 oz Brugal white
¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz sweetened coconut cream
½ oz orange curacao
dash Bittermen’s Elemakule bitters
3 oz Westbrook Gose (or other salty, sour,Gose style beer)

Shake all ingredients except the beer well with ice then top inside the shaker with beer, pour into a pilsner glass and garnish with mint or ghoulish decorations.

This drink’s flavor is utterly fascinating. It’s PKE readings are off the charts! It’s coconut delights quickly melt away into slight twinges of coriander and salt. The rum really cuts into the dominance of the Gose and forms an ecto-containment unit around it. The dry flavors of brugal and flor de cana really make this drink along with the Gose. The orange curacao and sour beer play very nicely in the finish especially as you move to the middle of the glass,. Like any good Tiki drink this one’s flavor changes pleasingly as you enjoy it. If you find the Gose to be a bit strong take it down a half ounce. We found this variation very pleasing as well. We hope you’ll tell us which you like best in the comments.
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The doors are open and the guests are making their way in. This years ghoulish celebration is promising to be bigger than ever. I’ll have to put the call out for some help. 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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