White Bat

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Cocktail History

The White Bat is a modern cocktail that was created by Simon Ford, a bartender and co-founder of Fords Gin. Originally made for a Pernod Ricard event, the recipe calls for an intriguing mixture of rum, coffee liqueur, and milk, and it tops them with fizzy soda, which gives the drink a frothy texture.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Coca-Cola: This is a carbonated soft drink made with coca leaf extract, caffeine, sugar, and carbonated water.

White Rum: This is a type of rum made with molasses or sugar cane juice and alcohol that is filtered and bottled right away without the aging process. We used BACARDÍ Superior White Rum because it has a soft and slightly sweet rum flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic White Cane Spirit in place of the rum.

Milk: This is a liquid rich in calcium and protein that is produced by mammals. We used Prairie Farm Vitamin D Whole Milk. For a dairy-free version of this drink, try oat milk in place of the milk.

Coffee Liqueur: This is a liqueur made with coffee, spices, sugar, and alcohol. We used Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur because it has a sweet coffee flavor with notes of vanilla. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Coffee Original Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the coffee liqueur.

Mint Sprig: This is an herb. We used Mojito mint.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Bar Spoon: This is used to stir ingredients. We used the Barfly Stainless Steel Teardrop Bar Spoon.

Tasting Notes

The White Bat has fresh, cool aromas of mint and a flavor that features the creaminess of milk heightened by Coke’s deep sweetness, accented with just a bit of coffee flavor and a hint of easy-going rum.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Although both of us tend to stay away from soda, especially in our cocktails, the White Bat was delectable to both of our palates and think it’s definitely worthy of its spot on your Halloween menu.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This take on a Colorado Bulldog is delicious, and it honestly tasted much better than I expected. I don’t normally drink anything with coca-cola or other sweet sodas, but this one was honestly very tasty. I would drink it again.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“This was one of those drinks that knocked my socks off because it was so much tastier than I expected. Similar to Alex, I typically steer clear of soda even in drinks, and I was skeptical that soda and milk of all things would work together. To my surprise, they do, and the taste was quite good. The frothy texture of the carbonated milk freaked me out a little so that’s why I’m giving it three stars. Take my aversion to that with a grain of salt and try this one anyway if you’re feeling a little wild.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Liquor.com, an online beverage publication.

AuthorLiquor.com

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 3 oz Coca-Cola
 1 ½ oz White Rum
 1 ½ oz Milk
 ½ oz Coffee Liqueur
 1 Mint Sprig

Method
1

Add rum, coffee liqueur, milk, and cubed ice to a highball glass.

2

Top with soda.

3

Stir for 3-5 seconds.

4

Garnish with mint sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 3 oz Coca-Cola
 1 ½ oz White Rum
 1 ½ oz Milk
 ½ oz Coffee Liqueur
 1 Mint Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, coffee liqueur, milk, and cubed ice to a highball glass.

2

Top with soda.

3

Stir for 3-5 seconds.

4

Garnish with mint sprig.

White Bat

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic White Cane Spirit in place of the rum and Lyre’s Coffee Original Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the coffee liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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