Modern Tiki Drink: Lost Lake’s GFY

Modern Tiki Drink: Lost Lake’s GFY

Lost Lake's presentation is considerably more elaborate then mine....

Lost Lake’s “GFY”
Their presentation is considerably more elaborate than mine….

In Chicago, there is a bar. Well, there are lots of bars in Chicago. In Chicago, there is a Tiki bar. Actually, there are multiple great Tiki bars. In Chicago there is a Paul McGee-created Tiki… (Multiple recursions edited for brevity) Lost Lake is the latest Chicago Bar project from Paul McGee, the Meryl Streep of Chicago bartenders. It is the home of some kick-ass Tiki decor, a ludicrous rum selection, and a menu full of modern original Tiki drinks. One of McGee’s latest is the GFY.

Now, GFY is an interesting name… On Lost Lake’s Facebook page, they intimate that it stands for “Good-For-You”. That’s all well and good, but I have my doubts. I don’t see anything particularly healthy about it. Indeed given the alcohol content, I’d come close to giving it a 3 out of 3 daggers (†††) on my personal Tiki Lethality scale. Perhaps there is some other phrase GFY could stand for…?


  • 1 oz. Calvados
  • 3/4 oz. overproof white rum
  • 1/2 oz. Swedish Punsch
  • 1/2 oz. Dry Curaçao
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. passion fruit syrup
  • 1/2 oz. fresh pineapple juice

Combine with one cup crushed ice and flash blend for five seconds. Pour into a Tiki vessel to suit your mood, and garnish to suit.

Calvados is, of course, pretty unusual as the lead spirit in Tiki drinks. This again illustrates how the 21st Century Tiki Renaissance is enriching the Canon with new notes and chords that add variety to the same old beautiful songs. The GFY is not-quite identifiably fruity, deceptively spiritous, and possesses that unctuously heavy feel in each sip. Each of these are hallmarks of a classic Tiki drink.

I haven’t actually had a GFY at Lost Lake, or any other drink there for that matter, because I haven’t been to Chicago, for business or pleasure, in years. I’d really like to, so I will make an offer to anyone reading this. I will give the first person or business in Chicago to book a Killing Time murder mystery event (yes, my “day job” is just a fun as my booze-writing sideline.) a four hundred dollar discount off the event fee. If interested, please give me a call.

Lost Lake


  1. Frederic

    5 February

    When I put this up on my Instagram, Shelby (Paul’s wife and business partner) corrected that it was “overproof rhum agricole” for the GFY stands for “Go French Yourself.” Definitely was left out of the ChicagoMag video.

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  2. Dagreb

    5 February

    Shucks! I was gonna make this tonight but I’ve not got overproof agricole.

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  3. Jordan

    6 February

    Something at 50% would probably do just fine. I think Neisson is the only distillery to offer an overproof agricole in the States and that was both a limited edition and only 55%, which isn’t going to make a huge difference.

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  4. Dagreb

    6 February

    So I made it tonight. Used Sunset 169 for the Overproof…

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