If you are a tikiphile, you will know who I’m talking about when I say that this cocktail was created by “The Bum”. The world’s foremost authority on all manner of tiki drinks, Jeff Berry recently opened his own bar named Latitude 29 in his hometown of New Orleans. In fact, you can order a Bum’s Rush there if you want the true experience.
Interestingly, the phrase “bum’s rush” comes from early 20th century saloon lingo. As Green’s Dictionary of Slang explains, “the bum’s rush” is what would happen if a vagrant entered a saloon, hoping to take advantage of “the sometimes sumptuous free lunch counters, which were meant for drinkers only.” The freeloader would be forcibly removed from the premises. (Wall Street Journal 8.22.14)
Jeff however, had a completely different reason for creating this drink as he told me recently.
“This drink dates from 1999. I started out trying to make a rum drink with an apple-honey flavor, but eventually realized that it worked better with tequila. Adding the triple sec came next, since what I had now was a Margarita variation … the name was so the drink wouldn’t be out of place in the Beachbum Berry mug that Bosko had just made for me. I gave quite a few of these mugs away over the years — to my eternal regret, as they’re now going for hundreds of dollars on eBay. When it comes to financial affairs, once a bum, always a bum!”
1.5oz blanco tequila
0.75oz triple sec
0.75oz honey liqueur
1oz lime juice
1oz apple cider
garnish: lime wedge
Shake with ice and strain into ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with lime.