Money Well Spent


1 oz Dark Rum 1 oz Light Rum <Lawley’s New England Spirit (Boston Harbor Distillery)>
3/4 oz Pineapple juice
1/2 oz Falernum
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/4 oz Lime juice

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Add a few heavy dashes of Angostura bitters on top, and garnish with a mint sprig and add a straw.

As you probably know by now, I love finding funky vintage glassware.  It’s hard for me to walk by a Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other stores of that ilk without popping in to see what steals I can find under two bucks.  My arsenal of coupes and rock glasses has grown in the last few years, but recently I realized there is a gaping hole in my collection…tiki mugs.  Normally I wouldn’t even think to look for them at thrift stores, but I made a point to change my search strategy.  Ideally I would find one on the cheap just like most of my other glasses.  Then I saw these.  I’ve already established my love of Star Wars , so it should come as no surprise I made an exception and paid full price for Chewie and Vader. Now all I needed to do was fill them.

Since I don’t often make tiki drinks at home, I decided to stay relatively traditional.  A mix of dark and light rum as a base is tried and true, so why overthink it.  Lawley’s is made here in Boston, and employs maple syrup in addition to the standard molasses for another layer of sweetness.  Pineapple provides the majority of the fruit component.  Recently my friend made some Falernum, so I couldn’t resist adding it to the mix.  Orgeat and a bit of lime juice add the final sweet and tart elements.


Needless to say, I could not wait to get this into my friends from a galaxy far, far away.  I topped them off with a healthy dose of Angostura bitters.  Cloves and allspice dominated the nose, with some of the citrus from the falernum coming through as well.  A creamy sip hit the tongue from the pineapple and orgeat.  The rums joined forces to produce a soothing, sweet alcohol burn.  The fruit and spices brought up the rear and made it a very refreshing quaff.

Admittedy, Chewie is my favorite of the two new tiki mugs.  So this drink was named after his iconic weapon of choice.

2 thoughts on “Money Well Spent

  1. Katie @ Garnish Blog July 10, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    I love those glasses! I didn’t even realize that was Chewie at first, it looks so tiki!

    I scour thrift stores for glassware too. I always hear that they’re a great place to find tiki mugs, but I have never seen one for sale. Maybe tiki drinks are getting too popular!


    • Adam July 13, 2016 / 2:59 am

      Chewie is by far the tikiest. The Yoda one was tempting too, but I was worried his ears would break off too easily. I still haven’t given up hope of a thrift store tiki score though. It has to happen!


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