Monday, July 29, 2013

The Bum

We owe much of our current tiki resurrection to the important work done by none other than cocktail scholar (great work, if you can get it) Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. Besides owning a most impressive collection of tropical shirts, he also has the honor of being one of Imbibe magazine's "25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century."

Perhaps Berry's biggest contribution to tiki cocktail culture: decoding many of the historically secret recipes that allow us to enjoy vintage tiki cocktails as they were in their heyday. Don the Beachcomber wasn’t dropping any hints when he gave his syrups names like “Don’s Mix #2.” The Bum has also authored five books on vintage tiki drinks and cuisine, including Intoxica! and Grog Log.

Whipping up a Navy Grog at home? You’ll have to have one of these (which he re-
invented) on hand: Cocktail Kingdom's Navy Grog Ice Cone Kit.

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