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Beachbum's Own

An original from the original Tiki revivalist.

Hurricane Cocktail
Beachbum Berry's mug mug

Few are better known among Tiki aficionados than Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. While Beachbum Berry is the owner of Latitude 29, a world class Tiki bar in New Orleans, he is best known for his work to recover the recipes of Tiki's original pioneer, Don the Beachcomber. Along the way the Bum interviewed every old Tiki bartender he could find and traced the origins and recipes of such Tiki greats as The Pearl Diver and The Zombie.

That type of deep dive into a particular style of mixology leaves a guy with the necessary skills to spot a great drink. As such, he is often asked to create original cocktails for special events. The Beachbum's own is just such a drink. Created by the Bum himself for the launch of a new Tiki mug by Bosko of the Bum's own visage, this drink has a couple of published versions.

The first publication was in Beachbum Berry's Intoxica, and it used passion fruit syrup and a single shot of Demerara Rum. By the time Intoxica was re-released as part of Beachbum Berry Remixed, he had switched out the passion fruit syrup for passion fruit puree and the single shot of Demerara rum had grown to 1 1/4 ounce with a 1 1/2 ounce spot of Puerto Rican rum for good measure. Having tried them both (for your benefit, dear reader) I actually like a third version that is an amalgamation of both. For the record, I'm currently using BG Reynolds Passion Fruit Syrup.

Beachbum's Own

Source -Beachbum Berry, Beachbum Berry Remixed

Altered a bit by Bamboo Sam...

Beachbum's Own in a Greedo Tiki mug
Yes, that's Greedo but Han shot first.
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 3/4 ounce unsweetened pineapple juice

  • 3/4 ounce orange juice

  • 3/4 ounce passion fruit syrup

  • 3/4 ounce Licor 43

  • 1 1/4 ounce Lemon Hart Demerara Rum*

  • 1 1/4 ounce light Puerto Rican Rum*

Add crushed crushed ice and shake vigorously. Gated pour into a Tiki mug. Top with more crushed ice as needed. Garnish is a pineapple chunk, cherry, pineapple chunk combo on a pick.

*Bamboo Sam's customizations: The Lemon Hart is not the 151 version. If Lemon Hart is too strong for you give another Demerara rum like the El Dorado 5 year a try. As per usual, I sub Virgin Islands rum (Cruzan Clear) for the Puerto Rican rum.

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