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Crush a Surfer on Acid at New Bar Mash

During Cocktail Week 2015, Eater will share a new drink every day and the origin of the libation. Think of it as "Behind the Cocktail" with local bartenders. Today, Teddy Nixon from Mash shares the story behind the Surfer on Acid.

Surfer on Acid
Surfer on Acid
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Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

"I'm not sure if you drank in the early 2000s and late 90s, but where I'm from, there was a really horrible shot called Surfer on Acid," explains bar manager Teddy Nixon (of Mash [of Mercantile and Mash]), "and it consisted of Jägermeister, Malibu rum, and pineapple." While Nixon recalls the hangover-worthy gulp, he's mixing up his revamped, more grown-up, version of the concoction. "I worked at a bar in Boston where we did bartender challenges, sort of like Iron Chef, but with unusual ingredients you don't normally use in cocktails," he recollects, "and my buddy suggested a coconut rum, and the only thing I could think of was how to make that shot better."

To create a more balanced version of the Surfer on Acid, Nixon makes his own toasted coconut rum, adds Amaro Averna and orgeat, dabs in Peychaud's Bitters for a "holiday spice," and squeezes in some lime. "I also needed a drink where I could use this sweet pellet ice," Nixon says as he scoops out the small, frozen buds. There's a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg on top, and there you have a proper, adult Surfer on Acid.

This gnarly-named cocktail and Nixon can be found at Mash at 701 East Bay St.

Dixon behind the bar at Mash

Nixon behind the bar at Mash

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