Hip Sips Cocktail of the Month: Toffee Tippler

The Atomic Koi's treat is cosmically stellar

Some cocktails have romantic origin stories. Others, not so much.

“When you have a bunch of weird liquors around, you just try stuff,” says Hawk Sullivan, owner of Atomic Koi in Fitchburg. “Some things, honestly, are totally disgusting.”

His ill-fated experiments include a chocolate mojito, a popcorn cocktail and something called a fried chicken shot.

But there have been winners, too. The Koi boasts sixty-eight signature cocktails, from martinis to boozy ice cream floats to tiki-kitsch drinks, many of which were invented, or at least tweaked, behind the bar.

Among them is the Milky Way, a popular cocktail that tastes like a grown-up candy bar, as the name suggests, or perhaps like vodka-spiked chocolate milk. Twin spirals of chocolate and caramel sauce line the glass, making the drink festive enough to pair with a slice of babka or a gingerbread cookie—in case you care to tip the indulgence scales.

RECIPE: Milky Way

2 1/2 oz. Dooley’s toffee liquor
1 oz. Stoli vanilla
1 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur
Chocolate and caramel sauce, for drizzling

Using a spoon or squeeze bottle, draw swirls of chocolate and caramel sauce inside a martini glass. Add remaining ingredients to a shaker with ice; shake hard. Strain into glass.

Recipe courtesy of Atomic Koi, 2685 Research Park Dr., Fitchburg, 441-5077.

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