Big Bamboo

If ever there were an example of what a mix of fresh fruit juices can do for a Tiki Drink, the Big Bamboo is the one. With fresh-squeezed lime, orange, and grapefruit juices - plus a little passionfruit syrup, each simple flavor layers with the next to make this classic from 1960 a true Tiki Drink.

Originally from Mariano Licudine of the Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this cocktail eventually became known as the "Mara-Amu." Some suggest they changed the name when they lowered the booze content, which was probably not a bad thing.

Like many other classics, this cocktail gets a quick zip in the blender, but if you prefer to leave the appliances out of the mix, just shake the shit out of it - but go with crushed ice, as you'll need every drop of water you can get to soften the punch of the rum.

Speaking of rum, we chose to use Flor de Caña Anejo Oro for the primary spirit in this one. This gold rum is aged 4 years and proves to be that perfect balance of soft yet full. Better still, you can try it next Friday, October 3rd when we gather for "Tikitober" at Track One!

Recipe adapted from Beachbum Berry's Sippin' Safari.



tall glass


1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz fresh white grapefruit juice
1 oz passionfruit syrup (recipe)
1 oz dark Jamaican rum
2 oz Flor de Caña Anejo Oro
4 dashes Angostura bitters
1 cup crushed ice


Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 5 seconds. Pour into glass and serve.