A Tiki Tech Special – The Sonny Rumbie

Folks, it’s been a year.

While there has been no shortage of reasons to bring back our summer column over the 2020 football season, we return now for a surprisingly celebratory (?) manner:


While I still remain skeptical and am hesitant to forgive him for his past transgressions against our alma mater, it’s hard to not find the enthusiasm of our intrepid & impeccably dressed Kyle Jacobson to be contagious.

After getting properly caught up in the spirit of the hire, the STP staff proceeded to do what it does best: make puns in our Slack chat, which inevitably lead to the idea of a commemorative tiki drink. But how best to encapsulate our Aaron Rodgers-embarrassing/Holiday Bowl-winning offensive coordinator, a true Lubbock classic, in liquid form? We look to another true Lubbock classic: The Chilton.

As Texas Monthly states, the Chilton is “sunshine in a glass,” a sparkling combination of vodka, lemon, and soda water (my lawyers have advised me not to make the pun “Sonny-shine in a glass” but by writing this sentence this way I have both been able to say it while simultaneously absolving myself of any liability and/or guilt). To make our Sonny Rumbie, we’ll sub out the vodka for rum, while also tempering the sourness of the lemon with pineapple juice & simple syrup, which adds balance without compromising the character of the inspiration. And last, in honor of his spiteful streak, we’ll add a pinch of salt to help accentuate the natural flavors of the fruit.

So please, gather your friends and loved ones on this New Year’s Day and raise a toast to the return of our native Son. . .

. . .

. . . ny.

/Immediately gets tased

(you can’t see it but the tumbler has a map of Lubbock on it)


3 oz. El Dorado 3 Year (or light rum)*
1-1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
Splash of Lime Juice
Pinch of Salt
Club Soda/Topo Chico

Mix all ingredients except for club soda in shaker with ice. Pour over ice, top with approximately 3/4 oz club soda.

*El Dorado 3 Year is a light demerara rum that is on the sweeter side and is one of my favorite rums. Light rum works perfectly fine in this recipe and leans more towards a classic Chilton if you so prefer.

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