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RAISING THE DEAD IN FLORIDA

The Beachbum spent ten years tracking down the original lost recipe for the Zombie.  Why?  From the end of Prohibition to the dawn of Disco, the Zombie was the world’s most famous drink.  It kick-started the whole Tiki craze, and put Don The Beachcomber’s Hollywood bar on the map.  Inventor Donn Beach kept his original […]

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LONDON FOG CUTTERS

London bartender Rikki Brodrick spent the better part of last October’s Rumfest UK assembling a cement mixer.  The plan was to wheel it onstage to mix the world’s largest Pina Colada, but before that could happen, Rikki had to decode the inscrutable instructions and screw the machine together.  When he finally finished, with seconds to […]

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NEW ORLEANS, B.C.

The New Orleans booze festival Tales Of The Cocktail is going on the road.  First stop:  Vancouver, British Columbia.  The Beachbum is tagging along (is there a stowaway class on Air Canada?) to present his slide-show lecture, “Who’s Your Daddy?  A Mai Tai Paternity Test.”  For event details: TALES OF THE COCKTAIL VANCOUVER

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MAI TAI ROA EUROPA

After tasting Trader Vic’s latest concoction at his Oakland bar in 1944, a visitor from Tahiti proclaimed the drink “mai tai roa áe.” In the parlance of our times, this roughly translates to “awesome.”  Vic named his drink the Mai Tai, which went on to enjoy fame less as a cocktail than as a symbol […]

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A RUMMY’S GUIDE TO EUROPE

Berlin … Amsterdam … London … this may look like the opening credit sequence of the old I Spy TV show, but it’s also the Beachbum’s October itinerary. First stop:  The Berlin Bar Convent, to talk Tiki history in an October 4 seminar at Europe’s most chic and discriminating cocktail convention (why they’re letting the […]

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