While we tend to stick with the drier drinks, once in a while something tropical sounds good, but picking a drink in this genre can be tricky. There are some things that are better to completely avoid, like anything with Captain Morgan or 99 Bananas, and we generally like a well-made mai tai, but with so many choices at most tiki bars, we have found ourselves on the wrong end of an order more than once. Especially the ones with half and half or cream, shudder. That is always an unpleasant surprise.
A recent positive tiki drink experience was the Lava Flow at Bamboo Hut in North Beach. A blended mix of light rum, strawberry puree, pineapple, and coconut, with a cherry on top, the lava flow is almost like a tropical smoothie that gets you a little drunk. There is probably way more sugar in one than we need, but it’s a good choice if you are only going to have one or two. It’s also easy on the eyes, with a pretty red swirl in a mason jar. Two thumbs up!
Another great option at Bamboo Hut is the volcano bowl. Most bars don’t even have one type of volcano bowl, but Bamboo Hut has two varieties, so go with a group, have one of each, and try not to burn off any eyebrows.