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The Beatles Are Overrated

A Good Drink with a Great Title for Starting Bar Fights...


The Beatles are Overrated cocktail

I was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of another great cocktail book as a gift from Mrs. Bamboo Sam, the much ballyhooed, "Everyone Has a F*cking Cocktail Book" by Chad Austin. As with all new cocktail books, I suddenly realized that I needed about five more bottles of various liquors and liqueurs to make more than two of the drinks but that's 'cause I'm a prosumer. I used to need 5 new bottles for each new drink.


I decided to start with The Beatles Are Overrated as it requires very few ingredients and has a flavor that is a bit outside of the normal Tiki flavor profile. This is a drink that could work as well at brunch or on a hot afternoon as it would in any tropical themed bar.


As it calls for two rather basic ingredients, white rum & a strawberry, I feel the need to point out that your choices here will make or break this drink. As with all fresh fruit the more ripe the better and a bit overripe is best. As the strawberry season peaks this summer I look forward to making a lot more of these drinks! As for the white rum, spend up a bit for something with body and not just an alcohol flavor. A blend like Probitas or Plantation 3 Star works well here. I also like this with Campesino Silver as it always adds a little something special from the use of wild yeast strains in their mash (although it is a bit more difficult to find).


For the record: the Beatles are not overrated. Elvis is.

The Beatles Are Overrated Cocktail

The Beatles Are Overrated

Source - Everyone Has A F*cking Cocktail Book, Chad Austin

  • 1 full fresh strawberry

  • 1 ounce lime juice

  • 2 ounces white/light rum

  • 1/4 ounce Green Chartreuse


Remove the stem/core and then muddle the strawberry in a mixing tin. Add all of the ingredients and the top with crushed ice. Spindle mix for about 3 seconds on high. (Or shake for about 10 seconds if you don't have a spindle mixer) Gated pour into a double rocks glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.


*Bamboo Sam's customizations: A good quality light rum is called for as mentioned above. I definitely recommend making your own coconut cream syrup. In fact this drink works very well with a 2:1 as opposed to 1:1 coconut cream syrup.



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