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Tiki Time

BY Carey Sweet | October 24, 2017 | Feature Features

One year strong, UnderTow shakes up its cocktail menu.
The new Tropical Itch ($13) at UnderTow comes with a back scratcher.

FOR UnderTow co-owner Jason Asher, one of the more demanding aspects of his job is dreaming up ever-more inventive tiki cocktail recipes. Yet as his clipper ship-themed bar sails into its one-year anniversary, those dramatic drinks keep on coming, presented now in a spiffy hardbound menu splashing down with 38 cocktails. Twenty-five of those quaffs are new. Consider the Spoils of War ($40), presented in a big carved coconut bowl with its island-inspired blend of single-barrel aged Puerto Rican rum, vanilla-infused Kentucky bourbon, cream of coconut, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon served over crushed ice under a flurry of toasted coconut and brilliant orchid flowers. Unless ye be particularly thirsty, this is ample enough to serve four. “In its countless voyages, the UnderTow has encountered many pirates looking to comprise its mission to capture goods such as liquor, tea, tobacco, spices and ammunition,” Asher jests. “Captain and crew often stood with cannons and swords, and the UnderTow prevailed, represented so well with this tropical-tobacco-spiced cocktail.” The crew also kicked up the nautical special effects for the wood-planked subterranean bar, including digital TV portholes that make it seem like the “ship” is sailing across an open ocean. UnderTow is now afloat daily and tempts with a new weekday happy hour from 4 to 6pm. 3620 E. Indian School Road, 602.753.6504

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