Beachbum Berry’s fourth book in search of the great “lost” tropical drink recipes and the people behind them. This time out, the Bum offers up 69 newly discovered vintage tropical drink recipes, 48 of which have never before seen print in any form. But that’s just the beginning. He also tells stories about some of the most famous figures of the Polynesian Pop era, culled from interviews with those who actually created the midcentury Tiki scene.
Sippin’ profiles people as colorful as the drinks they invented, or served, or simply drank. People like Leon Lontoc, the Don The Beachcomber’s waiter who served Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando by night, and acted in their movies by day; Henry Riddle, the Malibu Seacomber bartender who fed items about his famous customers to infamous gossip columnist Louella Parsons, till the day Howard Hughes found him out; and Duke Kahanamoku, whose manager turned him from Olympic champion into reluctant restaurateur. Profusely illustrated in full color, with vintage graphics and rare photographs.
“Publisher’s pick! A well-written, profusely illustrated narrative of the people and bars responsible for the tropical drink craze that helped lubricate the ‘50s and ‘60s.” — ATOMIC RANCH MAGAZINEBUY NOW (Amazon)