Death in the South Pacific goes straight to Evan

With this year’s Tales of the Cocktail coming at us quicker than last orders on Easter Sunday they have just announced the winner of the competition to find the Official Cocktail of the 2010 event.

Planters Punch comp top three
It's a Tiki Threesome

Evan Martin took the prize of $1,250 and of course the honour of the Official Cocktail with his Death in the South Pacific (recipe below).  The competition was launched earlier this year and the brief was to create a Planters Punch style cocktail. Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berry helped set the criteria and noted that the ‘drink must contain (but is not limited to) rum, citrus, and sweetener.’ And furthermore ‘Using more than one of each element is not only permitted, it’s encouraged: for example, the original Zombie mixes three different kinds of rum and two different citrus juices, sweetened with three different syrups and a liqueur.’

It was also noted that with any Tiki drink the garnish is a vital component and Evan certainly nailed that criteria with his ‘Man hanging off the side of the glass’ taking more explaination than the drink itself.

The other competitors rounding out the top three were James Goggin with Once Upon a Time and Peter Bogren with Peter’s Planters Punch.  

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Death in the South Pacific
Evan Martin

Death in the South Pacific
Look at the fruity little fella

0.75 oz. Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old rum
0.75 oz. Rhum Clement VSOP rum
0.5 oz. Grand Marnier
0.33 oz. Trader Tiki’s Orgeat Syrup
0.33 oz. Fee Brothers Falernum
3 dashes Absinthe
0.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Fee Brothers Grenadine
0.5 oz. Cruzan Blackstrap rum 

Add all ingredients except for the grenadine and Cruzan Blackstrap to a Zombie shell glass and fill with crushed ice. Swizzle the drink well to mix and frost the glass and then pour in grenadine. Overfill the glass with crushed ice and then pour in Cruzan Blackstrap.

Take a bamboo skewer and put a brandied cherry through at the very top followed by 1 pineapple leaf (insert through the middle) and then cut off skin from 1 large orange slice and then cut the strips in half. Insert the ends through the skewer having them hang on opposite sides of each other. Then insert the straw through the loop in the bamboo skewer. It should look like a guy hanging off of the drink (cherry=head, pineapple leaf= arms, citrus peel dangling away from each other are the legs)