Modern Tiki Drink: Lazy Bear

Lazy Bear FI

The Lazy Bear is a six year old original by Jacob Grier, the only Barista/Street Magician/Blogger/Bartender/Think Tank Fellow either you or I know. He created this drink, not as a Tiki drink, but as an accompaniment for taco truck food at a wedding reception. (San Francisco, right?) I took a look at it for Tiki Month this year due to a tip from DJ Hawaiian Shirt, who blogged about it three years ago and firmly declared it a Tiki drink.

Frankly, I had my doubts about this categorization when I looked at the recipe. Rye is really not a traditional Tiki ingredient, after all. But DJ is right. The Lazy Bear is quite spiritous for a Tiki Drink, but the vibe is there, especially with the tiny change The Shirt makes to Jacob’s original recipe. To make sure it works as part of a Tiki presentation, you do need to amp the garnish, but the flavors are there, and pair very will with lots of traditional Tiki food flavors.


  • 3/4 oz. dark Jamaican rum, e.g. Smith & Cross
  • 3/4 oz. American rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. honey syrup
  • 3 dashes “Spiced Bitters”*

Shake with ice and strain into smaller vessel with crushed ice. Garnish with something complex but elegant.
*Spiced bitters area 1:1 mix of Angostura and pimento dram.

It really is quite good. It also can be presented as a non-Tiki drink just as easily, which is nice. It also is a great way to get someone to try rye if they have been shy of that before. All in all, another great example of modern Tiki invention.


  1. DJ HawaiianShirt

    16 February

    Wait, I’m lost… what was the change I made to the recipe?

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  2. Doug Winship

    16 February

    DJ HawaiianShirt,

    The spiced bitters. Jacob’s recipe just used Fee’s Whiskey Barrel.

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  3. DJ HawaiianShirt

    16 February

    That may have been Fred who mixed up that bitters diddy, Doug! His post on his site has that 1:1 concoction too.

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  4. American rye whiskey is not available in my city. 🙁
    actually i live in “alcohol free” state. :'(

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  5. FinkyTheKid

    16 August

    india’s independence day 2016,

    Of all the social injustices in America today, THIS bothers me the MOST. Whenever you’re in Orange County, CA, I will buy you a drink at Don The Beachcomber.

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