• Jarnard Sutton

Behind the Stick with Steven Tuttle of The Grass Skirt

The folks over at The Grass Skirt, located next door to Good Time Poke in Pacific Beach, are serving up some unique tiki cocktails. We caught up with the Beverage Director Steven Tuttle on this edition of 'Behind the Stick'. He shares the recipe to this boozy tiki libation called Tipsy Tentacle.

Tipsy Tentacle


1.5 oz Black Rum .5 oz Biscotti Liqueur .5 oz Lime 1.5 oz Pineapple 1.5 oz Banana Coconut Syrup

Garnish with banana octopus

What's the story behind the Tipsy Tentacle?

The drink recipe is by one of the brain trusts behind Grass Skirt, Ryan Walsh, but the name is actually from one of our managing partners, Jillian Donavan. Comic genius, don’t know where she gets it!

What's makes a good tiki drink?

As in all cocktails, balance. But I think with tiki it’s a balance between rums as well. Using multiple rums to achieve sweetness, spice, heat, etc. is very important.

Describe the taste.

Sweet and savory with a touch of dryness.

What's the key component of this drink?

Biscotti Liqueur & the banana syrup.

When choosing a rum, why did you go with the Zaya rum?

We went with Zaya because it’s a Trinidad rum. A lot of Trinidad rums are very bold, very rich in flavor. It add great depth to the drink.

What reactions do you get from customers when they try this cocktail for the first time?