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World’s Best Bartenders Visiting Austin to Make Tiki Cocktails From Food Waste

Trash Tiki makes use of wasted ingredients like pineapple skins and avocado pits

A Trash Tiki cocktail
A Trash Tiki cocktail
Steve Ryan
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

Anti-waste cocktail group Trash Tiki’s ongoing tour will bring the drinks pop-up to Austin’s Nickel City this month. The 1133 East 11th Street’s back bar, Cash Only, will be taken over by bartenders Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths on Thursday, September 27 starting at 8 p.m.

Ramane and Griffiths focus on using food waste in their cocktails. The drinks at the Austin pop-up are to be determined (naturally, the bartenders have to see what trash they have). In the past, they have used pineapple skins to make tepache (a sweetened fermented beverage), avocado pits for daiquiris, and leftover citrus husk to make stocks.

Ramage and Griffiths, both formerly of Dandelyan in London (which was named the world’s best cocktail bar during the 2017 Spirited awards) started Trash Tiki in 2016 as a collection of sustainable recipes. The duo soon embarked on a ten-month pop-up world tour through 40 cities on five continents to discuss sustainability in the bar industry.

Partial proceeds from the pop-up will go towards Keep Austin Fed. Keep in mind that the pop-up is cash-only.

Nickel City sure does love tiki. Christmas tiki pop-up Sippin’ Santa arrives on November 23 with cocktails from tiki expert Jeff Berry. Sippin’ Santa is an offshoot of holiday bar Miracle, a global pop-up that will take over The Eleanor during the same time.

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