Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log arrived at my doorstep today along with the Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, and after five minutes of leafing through each, I wish I had picked up the Triple Play containing all of Jeff’s tiki books. Without delving too much into the layout or contents of this tikian tome, which I will save for another post, I must say that it offers such promise that I can hardly contain myself.

Picture of Waikikian with Marie Brizard orange curacao, Fee Brother's orgeat syrup, and a lemon cut in half, dripping juice.

It took me a little while to find a recipe that I actually had all of the ingredients for; the book calls for lots of fruit pulps, juices, garnishes, and a variety of rum that blows my mind: papaya nectar, Lopez coconut cream, pasion fruit syrup, lychee nuts, demerara rum, Rhum Barbancourt, Martinique rum, and that’s only naming a few.

I had a guest photographer take the picture to the right. I’m unsure whether I like the inclusion of some of the ingredients or if I like a clean presentation. What are your thoughts? Nevertheless, I must say I am greatly pleased with the results of my first concoction.


  • 1 1/2oz lemon juice
  • 1oz curacao
  • 3/4oz orgeat syrup
  • 1 1/2oz light Puerto Rican rum
  • 1 1/2oz dark Jamaican rum

From: Grog Log, Beachbum Berry

Blend everything, except dark Jamaican rum, with 3oz crushed ice. Pour into a double old-fashioned glass 2/3 filled with crushed ice. Float dark Jamaican rum on top. Garnish with orchid and lime wheel.


Everything about this drink reminds me of being at the shore, near a waterfall, as birds swoop overhead. The lemony tartness blends perfectly with the curacao, and the rums really shine through. The orgeat makes a brief but memorable appearance in the taste. My final thought when considering the taste profile is that I should make another one.


Each page of Grog Log is filled with fun artwork. It just so happens that the Waikikian page contains a picture of a happy upside down pig among various jugs and a very confused woman holding part of a totem. I could not resist including the art.

Random images of meat, stacked and happy.  A woman with a totem who looks confused.

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  1. MikeNo Gravatar says:

    This is only somewhat related, but do you take pictures of all the cocktails yourself? They’re amazing! I really want to reach into the screen and drink each and every one of them.

  2. RickNo Gravatar says:

    Indeed I do! I love to photograph food, which ends up being much easier than cocktails, so it’s awesome to hear that you are experiencing what I’d like you to from the pictures!

    I’ve been thinking about adding a flickr bit to the blog including food photos too. What do you think?


  3. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    I like the ingredients in the photo. And the violets are a nice touch.

    And the cocktails sounds delicious.

  4. EricNo Gravatar says:

    My vote is for the “clean” photo. I like the photo with the ingredients, but the drink-on-white looks more pro. Either way, I also vote for this drink – it’s definitely near the top of my list!

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