COCKTAIL BY EBEN FREEMAN
Inspired by Liquorette
What do you get when you marry bulldog-style cocktails and all-things-mini together? A Cha-Chunker cocktail. I came up with the idea to do these all-in-one cocktails with small-scale ingredients, but when it came to fitting everything into the mouth of the can, we realize it needed to be widened. That’s when I created the machine affectionately known as the Cha-Chunker. It’s an arbor press that we tricked out a bit, and when lowered into the mouth of a can of juice or soda, it widens it. Then I insert a miniature bottle of booze, straw, and a garnish or two, and voila. To do this at home, a citrus reamer mimics the action of the Cha-Chunker, and you still use all the ingredients found in a piña colada; instead, they’re all contained in the mini can of pineapple juice. Once mastered, you can do this with a your favorite mixed drinks, like a gin and tonic, a whiskey and ginger, and more.
5½ can of pineapple juice
50 oz. bottle Malibu Coconut Rum
¼ oz. lime juice
Open pineapple juice can. Use citrus reamer to extend the mouth of the can. Pour out ¼ of juice in can. Insert straw and inverted bottle of Malibu Coconut Rum. Garnish with a pineapple lead on the side of the can.
Eben Freeman is head of bar operations and beverage development for Avroko.