The Ding-a-ling cocktail is mentioned in the famous Last Barman Poet scene of 1988’s Cocktail, yet it seems that the name was made up just to fit a rhyme. That’s no use to us while we’re trying to list every drink in the movie with recipes so we decided to dive deep and see if we could find something.
After a few dead links being followed and articles confirming that there wasn’t a drink at the time called the Dingaling (or Ding-a-ling), I stumbled across a recipe on iDrink.com. It’s essentially no more than Sex On The Beach liquor topped with Lemon Lime soda, but it gives us somewhere to start from.
Rather than just going with this as is, we’ll update it a bit with better ingredients to create something in the spirit of the drink that tastes way better.
Upgrading the Ding-a-ling ingredients
While vodka is probably the least exciting of the spirits in most cases, its certainly true that a bad vodka can ruin a drink while a great one can enhance it. Skyy is a great neutral vodka (which is really the main thing that you’d be looking for) but we’re going to use Holy Grass.
This vodka from the north coast of Scotland is made by the same people as Rock Rose Gin and has a similar, if more subtle flavour to Zubrowka Bison Grass. This gives it a creamy smooth mouthfeel that is absolutely delicious.
While Archers was fine in the 80s, there are far better products on the market today that can give you the peach flavour. RinQuinQuin a la peche is one such product (as featured in our upgraded Woo Woo) which we’ll use again here.
RinQuinQuin is made using neutral spirit and peach leaves which is then blended with white wine and essntial oils with sugar in the flavouring process by Distilleries Domaines de Provence.
Lemon Lime Soda
We’ll replace the soda with a Collins base, so fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and a little soda water. Much nicer in terms of fresh flavours and it will give us the chance to balance the drink properly.
Ding-a-ling Cocktail Recipe
- 1oz (30ml) Holy Grass Vodka
- 1oz (30ml) RinQuinQuin a la Peche
- 3/4oz (22.5ml) Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2oz (15ml) Simple Syrup
- Top with Soda Water
Shake the first three ingredients with ice and strain over cubed ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a lime squeeze and fresh peach if in season.