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‘Strangely, Strikingly, Shamefully Good’: Stephen Colbert Surprised to Enjoy Tom Hanks’ Unorthodox 2-Ingredient Cocktail, ‘Diet Cokagne’

Famous actor Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Apollo 13,” “Saving Private Ryan”) made an appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday and, among other things, shared a cocktail recipe. Hanks said that over the holidays, he visited Café Carlyle in New York City with his family, and a “celebratory bottle” of champagne was brought over to them.

“I’m not usually a big drinker; I don’t drink a lot. I’ll usually have a Diet Coke,” Hanks explained. “Because if you didn’t have a long enough disco nap, you’re going to fall asleep about 11:45. So I have a little bit of caffeine — Diet Coke — in a glass, and I sip that through the night.”

However, since the champagne was brought over to him, Hanks figured he’d try some of the champagne. Unexpectedly, he opted to pair the champagne with his soda.

“I said, ‘Oh, give me a shot of champagne in there, for crying out loud,” Hanks said.

“In the Diet Coke?” Colbert asked.

“In the Diet Coke,” Hanks confirmed. “And everybody says, ‘You are insane.’ And I said, ‘Well, I may be insane, but I want to celebrate the season.’ So, I had a sip of this. Stephen, it was delicious.”

Having heard this story ahead of time, Colbert was prepared with Diet Coke and champagne on hand. So, the pair clinked glasses with a “Happy 2023” toast and sampled this unusual cocktail.

Hanks said that his dubious family tasted the drink and enjoyed it, and Hanks ended up naming the cocktail “Diet Cokagne” — a cross between “Diet Coke” and “champagne,” with an obvious jokey reference to the drug cocaine.

Like Hanks’ family, Colbert was surprised to enjoy the drink, dubbing it “strangely, strikingly, shamefully good.”

“It’s so refreshing,” Colbert explained. “Because it’s like, you give that little caffeine, too, man. Just keeps you going through that champagne.”

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.