Tiki Drink: By Way of the Dodo

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….)


  1. Tiare

    18 February

    I like this one! and you made it look just gorgeous in it´s simplicity, and it does look “tiki”. The recipe sounds tasty too, and I`ll try it.

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  2. Krutika

    29 November

    I am a huge fan of cocktail recipes. I love making different types of cocktail along with my own twist to it. Now, one more cocktail recipe is added to the list. Thanks, for sharing this recipe; I will try it this weekend itself. Also, I would like to tell about this website named Living Foodz. They have some amazing cocktail recipes that are worth trying. I have tried all their cocktail recipes for myself and my entire family. Do check out their site.

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