This Chris Day cocktail is still on the menu at The Kon-Tiki and Mrs. Mai Tai considered it during our visit on Thursday. She went in a different direction but for Friday’s end-of-the-week cocktail I figured this would hit the spot.
Donnie’s Element by Chris Day ½ oz Coffee Liqueur (Mr. Black) ½ oz Banana Liqueur (Giffard Banane du Bresil) 1½ oz Coconut Creme 1½ oz Spiced Rum 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters Whip shake and pour over crushed or pebble ice. Garnish with Grated Cinnamon
We previously covered Donnie’s Element and it still holds up. So creamy and layered, and a good use a spiced rum if you have some (we combined two half-filled bottles of Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry). I also tried this with Appleton Signature and the cocktail with the spiced rum simply tasted better.
This is a Chris Day original now being served as a frozen drink at The Kon-Tiki in Oakland . It is lovely in that format and serves as a wonderful counterpart to The Kon-Tiki’s Pina Colada style cocktail The Uma Uma also being served frozen.
Coffee drinks haven’t always been my friend, apart of the Black Magic I had at The Mai-Kai a couple years ago. But after trying this cocktail I knew I had to try and make it at home. So glad I did – it is even better in the original shaken format. I used Tempus Fugit Creme of Banana and I would say that I’m not tasting the banana too much, so you might consider increasing it a bit (or, pulling back on the coffee liqueur). The Spiced Rum I used was a combo of Sailor Jerry and Captain Morgan that I made by combining two half bottles of each.
Donnie’s Element by Chris Day ½ oz Coffee Liqueur (Mr. Black) ½ oz Banana Liqueur (Tempus Fugit) 1½ oz Coconut Creme 1½ oz Spiced Rum 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Whip shake and pour over crushed or pebble ice. Garnish with Grated Cinnamon
Be sure to check out the embedded video from the Educated Barfly where they made this cocktail. I won’t spoil the surprise but if you’re a fan of the drink or of Chris Day’s cocktails (or just Chris as a human being) you should definitely watch the video.