Wayne's Reviews > Beachbum Berry's Sippin' Safari: In Search of the Great 'Lost' Tropical Drink Recipes…and the People Behind Them

Beachbum Berry's Sippin' Safari by Jeff Berry
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Aug 06, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: Lovers of drink
Read in August, 2007

Jeff Berry is single-handedly restoring respect to the tiki drink, which has for too long been a hipster joke When these cocktails first appeared in the 1930s, they were complex, fascinating, and very tasty. The modern counterparts are all about the fruity juice and the little umbrellas. The spirits are an afterthought.

Berry sets us straight on that -- the original drinks used comlex aged rums -- and writes about the unsung heroes (mostly Filipino immigrant bartenders) who concocted and perfected these sadly forgotten drinks. Despite being a self-proclaimed beachbum, Berry proved himself to be a dogged great sleuth, with more than enough stamina to get to the bottom of enduring questions such as: what exactly was in the original Zombie (1934)?

Added bonus: great photos and illustrations.
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