When we heard Cocalero, the beloved South American-inspired botanical spirit, was creating a special edition bottle to commemorate the RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness series, we were pretty excited to check it out. Naturally, we were curious about how this collaboration came to be so we went straight to the source and chatted with the team at Cocalero to find out the inspiration behind the creation, and also snagged you some cocktail recipes sure to quench the thirst of even the toughest of the T-Virus undead.
What made you want to collaborate with Resident Evil?
Who wouldn’t want to work with one of the most successful game franchises in history! We also feel that the brands work seamlessly together and appeal to a very similar audience. This international collaboration actually started as a local collaboration in Japan, where Resident Evil is known as Biohazard. The success of this initial partnership opened up the opportunity to expand the release to a global level and we embraced the opportunity with open arms!
Can you talk to us about what went into designing the RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness bottle?
We have world-class design team Bold Studios working on our brand, and this was a challenge that truly excited them! They conducted extensive research into the overall Resident Evil brand along with the RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness series and blended these elements with our core Cocalero design. We’re really proud of the outcome, and consumers have been complimenting us on the package since we launched.
The color makes it pretty perfect for a zombie-inspired spirit. What are some of your favorite cocktails to make with Cocalero? And are there any special Resident Evil-inspired recipes you can share with us?
Thank you, we do love the color! Not only does Cocalero’s hue correspond with the zombie theme, it reflects the color of the power boosting / healing Green Herb found in the Resident Evil games.
As for cocktail inspiration, Cocalero has some beloved signature builds as well as cocktails designed specifically for the RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness collaboration. Let’s start with some recipes meant to be paired with the Resident Evil theme.
A tangy, creamy drink sure to kill the pain of a T-virus outbreak.
2 oz Cocalero Clásico
4 oz pineapple juice (or lemonade)
1 oz orange juice
1 oz cream of coconut
Add all ingredients to a mixing tin filled with ice.
Shake vigorously and pour into a coupe.
Top with freshly grated nutmeg.
Zippy and a little sweet, this one will send you somewhere lovely when skies are gray.
1 oz Cocalero Clásico, chilled
Float one ounce of Cocalero over a glass of ginger beer and ice.
Garnish with fresh mint.
Acid In The Wound
Just the thing when a little lemon juice gets in your zombie bite!
2 oz Cocalero Clásico
4 oz Lemonade
.5 oz Grenadine
Fill a glass with ice.
Pour in lemonade and Cocalero and stir.
Drizzle grenadine down the inside of the glass and garnish with a cherry.
And here's a sampling of some more classic builds:
Our improvement upon the perennial classic.
1.5oz Premium Tequila
1oz fresh lime juice
Simple syrup to taste
Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin.
Add ice and shake vigorously.
Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a lime wheel.
When you need a quick energy boost. (Each bottle purchase comes with its own Signature CocaBomb™ Glass!)
Fill the bottom chamber of the Signature CocaBomb™ Glass with your favorite mixer or energy drink.
Layer chilled Cocalero on top.
Knock it back and get back to the zombie killing (or whatever your pleasure) with renewed vigor!
Click here to visit the Cocalero store and grab your own limited edition bottle of Cocalero X RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness. *Sponsored by Cocalero.