For those of you visiting our blog by way of Mixology Monday: Aloha! This is where the staff at The Whistler share our thoughts on music, art, and (of course) cocktails. And to our readers who are wondering what the heck is Mixology Monday: you can read all about it here.

This month’s theme for Mixology Monday was selected by Doug Winship of the Pegu Blog. He chose "Tiki" and encouraged participants to “wax eloquent on aloha shirts, exotica music, decor, garnishes, food or whatever else moves you to enter the Tiki spirit!”

As many of you know, the Tiki theme is right up our alley because for over a year now we’ve been hosting a bi-monthly Tiki party at The Whistler as part of our Book Club series. (There are some great photos from our Tiki-themed Book Club events over at the LTH Forum.) In the past year we’ve featured menus culled from Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide, Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica!, Grog Log, and Remixed!, as well as a night of all original Tiki creations.

For this installment of Mixology Monday, I present another original Tiki drink. It’s an herbal, tropical sour I call the Free Rider. Much like the song it was named after, this drink is a mashup of sorts. It was inspired by two of my favorite cocktails at the moment: Robert Hess’ Voyager and Jeffrey Morganthaler’s Kingston Club.

Free Rider

Free Rider

  • 1 oz Lemon Hart 151 Demerara Rum
  • 1 oz Bénédictine
  • 1.5 oz Pineapple Juice
  • .75 oz Lime Juice
  • .5 oz Fernet Branca
  • .25 oz Demerara Syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake and strain into a Tiki mug. Fill with crushed ice. Garnish with mint.