Is the Tiki drink revival here to stay? We hope so, for Sten Vd Berg’s sake. Not just because he serves them at the two bars he owns in Eindhoven, but because of his new tattoo (pictured above). We know of no greater commitment to Tiki drinks than tattooing yourself with their inventor: Don The Beachcomber’s newfound retro popularity may fade, but not the ink on Sten’s forearm.
Sten showed us this impressive homage to Don over a cheese-infused cocktail at Amsterdam’s Door 74 bar (they do love their cheese in Holland). The Beachbum was in town to co-judge the Bols Around The World competition, in which 11 mixologists from Bulgaria to Japan all made very creative — and very delicious — drinks incorporating Bols genever (a malty, whiskey-like Dutch spirit distilled from wheat, rye and corn).
Picking a winner wasn’t easy, but in the end Hungary’s Gábor Onufer took first prize with a cocktail he calls “The Merchant.” Recipe: 45 ml (1 1/2 ounces) Bols genever, 20 ml (just under 3/4 ounce) Bols apricot brandy, 15 ml (1/2 ounce) lemon juice, 5 ml (a little over 1 teaspoon) Pedro Ximenez sherry, a barspoon of simple syrup, and a dash of orange bitters; stir with ice, then strain into a cocktail coupe and garnish with an orange peel.