Friday, May 25, 2012


I really had to go back and look to see who recommended a night of drinks at Adrift, a fabulous tiki bar located in Denver (it was Natalie). Adrift has walls of handcrafted, solid bamboo poles, hand-carved tikis from Indonesia and China, murals that originated from antiquated cruise-ship menu covers, espresso-hued wooden floors reclaimed from wood in tobacco factories, curved chartreuse and brothel red, faux-crocodile channel-back booths and suspended, conversation-piece light fixtures created from blowfish.

So a few weeks ago, my friends, my boyfriend, and I headed to Adrift for some much needed tiki time (read alcohol). I decided this would be a perfect chance to wear my beautiful custom made rayon Hawaiian wiggle dress and bolero made by MorningStar 84. I had worn it to the VLV15 car show but failed at capturing any photos; finally everyone will get to see this beauty.

The beverage menu features many of the rum-based classics suitable for boat drinking. My favorite was The Macadamia Nut Chi Chi.

Now for a drink invented by Don the Beachcomber -- one of the founding fathers of the original tiki movement -- sometime in the late 1904s, the drink is made with clear rum, pineapple, mint and peach liqueur, which are poured over a glassful of crushed ice and garnished with a wedge of pineapple. Refreshing and tropical without becoming cloyingly sweet, it goes down easy. Too easy.

Want to make one yourself? Here's the original Don the Beachcomber recipe, according to Beachbum Berry's Grog Log, by Jeff Berry and Annene Kaye

4 whole fresh sprigs of mint
1/2 slice fresh pineapple
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce peach brandy
1/4 ounce sugar syrup
1 ounce light Puerto Rican rum

Strip mint leaves from sprigs and discard stems. Place leaves in blender with remaining ingredients and 14 ounces of crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass or tiki mug.

Baci Tutti


  1. oh your getup couldn't have been more perfect. love!
    will have to try adrift real soon. xo!

    1. Make sure you go earlier. By 10 pm the place was packed and we had to wait for 15-30 minutes per drink!

  2. That place looks incredible! I wish there was something like that here. Your dress is beautiful & your hair is AMAZING. Love it!

    1. You don't have any Tiki lounges?!

      My hair was being such a jerk that night. It had to be pomade into submission!

  3. Great photos and great blog!!

  4. That cocktail recipe sounds so wonderfully refreshing - mint and pineapple is such a winning combination. I also like how easy it would be to make this drink virgin for those who don't or can't (like me) drink alcohol.

    Thank you very much for all of your sweetly fantastic blog comments, dear gal, I wholeheartedly appreciate them.

    ♥ Jessica