Here is another drink that I found via the Cocktail Virgin blog: By Way of the Dodo. It is a creation of Matthew Rose of the Boston Area, and I’ve been saving this link for months to write up now.
The By Way of the Dodo is an excellent example of a “Tiki version” of a non-Tiki drink. In this case, it is a Last Word of sorts.
This process of Tiki-fying classics is a pretty common one today, as more and more craft bartenders come to appreciate the great opportunities the genre offers, be it the exotic flavor palette or the excuse to go over the top with a garnish. But just because this happens more and more these days, it doesn’t mean it always works. You can’t just swap in some pineapple juice and add cinnamon to a recipe and get a Tiki drink.
For my own part, I will apparently never learn that you can’t just add pimento dram and expect to get a Tiki drink….
When a Tiki reconstruction does work, however, it is glorious.
The Last Word would seem to be an unlikely candidate for tikification, but this transformation is one that succeeds comprehensively.
- 1 oz navy strength aged rum
- 1 oz Green Chartreuse
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz passion fruit syrup
Shake well, and strain into an old-fashioned glass. Fill to brim with crushed ice. Garnish must include 3-4 dashes of Angostura.
The resulting drink adds a tropical tang and mouthfeel to the crisp herbaceousness of the Last Word. It is quite at home in dark, colored lighting, with Martin Denny on the Hi-Fi (substitute Bose soundbar or Apple HomePod….)