Rowan at Fogged in Lounge offers an original cocktail for Tiki Month, the Up the Beach. It features overproof white rum, lime, Chartreuse, and creme de banane. I won’t post the recipe here because I want to force you you hit his site. Also, because I haven’t made one myself yet. I don’t have a key ingredient, the creme de banane, and don’t think I’ll have the time to make it from scratch, as he does.
Instead, I will steal his picture, because A) it is gorgeous, and B) it offers me something to talk about as regards Tiki drink appearance.
While hardly a Suffering Bastard mug with a forest of mint and orchids garnishing the top, I just think this is a strikingly Tiki-looking drink. I’d like to examine why.
Context of course does a lot. The bamboo backdrop provides immediate effect. This isn’t a cheat. After all, lots of Tiki bars serve various cocktails in pretty mundane glasses, counting on the rattan, and bamboo surrounding to alter the visual impression.
Then the glass itself is lovely. While it is hardly specifically Tiki, and would look just as striking if housing a Ramos Gin Fizz, the shape is right in line with a primitive vessel.
And the garnish is neat. A cherry on a pick is about the antithesis of Tiki garnish in its simplicity, but these picks upend that with their thick, rough but elegantly primitive shape.
No element here alone would accomplish the Tiki look. But together, they show that you can carry off a lovely Tiki look without spending weeks scrounging on eBay and Ooga-Moga….
And hey! This post is part of Tiki Month 2013 here at the Pegu Blog! Be sure to look around for LOTS more Tiki stuff all February!