TIki Drink: The Reverb Crash

Reverb Crash Tiki drink, winner of Tiki Central Drink Contest

Libbey vintage Bamboo Flower Vase, which makes a nice Tiki mug.
(One currently on auction on EBay. Real bamboo straws can be found at HomeWetBar.com)

It’s the last day of Tiki Month, which sucks. But this drink doesn’t.

Over at Spirited Remix, DJ HawaiianShirt (who blogs under that name because people like me have no prayer of pronouncing his real last name), gets into the Tiki Month action with a nice rundown of the original Tiki phenomenon. He combines a truly epic amount of Rule 2 linkage with a perfect listing of the seven reasons why the glorious world of Tiki is also such a pain in the ass. He could not have hit on the head more precisely why Tiki Month is a once a year thing. The list is in the middle of the post. Go read it. He also includes a nice roundup of how to make your own passion fruit syrup. I’ll add that this method can be generalized to the making bar syrups out of most any fruit you can juice.

His whole post leads up to a description of the Reverb Crash, a Tiki drink that won the Tiki Central Drink Contest in 2003. The creator is a denizen of that board that goes by the handle Kick-The-Reverb, who remains a big part of things over there. With Tiki Month winding down, I whipped up one of these for lunch and a photoshoot. (Work with me, Baby!)

  • 4 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. passion fruit syrup
  • 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3/8 oz. Trader Tiki Orgeat
  • 1 oz. light Cruzan rum
  • 1 oz. Smith & Cross

Combine in a shaker with ice and shake to chill and combine. Fill Tiki vessel with crushed or small ice and strain drink in. Garnish with large, lightly crushed sprig of mint.

This is a nice little concoction. It is not too sweet, but pleasant and refreshing to drink. At six ingredients, it is a good example of a middlin’ complex Tiki drink, but one of the good ones where you can still make out each ingredient therein. Give it a try, you’ll like it.


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