JB Gin Swaz


This drink has definitely followed us along to many of our pop-ups and was one of the first we came up with! 

As with many of our drinks, it has roots in the classic Jungle Bird (hence JB, get it?). There are only 2 prepped ingredients, and one of them (Tepache) can be drunk by itself or just with a little rum, and can be kept alive for as long as you like!

JB Gin Swaz

Add all ingredients to a tin or hiball or a tiki mug if you want to be fancy. Add a big ol scoop of crushed ice and churn with a spoon or swizzle to combine and chill. Finish with a straw (we use bamboo) and a pineapple leaf. Those little cocktail umbrellas are often made from recycled chinese newspapers too! 

Lime Stock:

  • 2 cups of Water
  • Husks of 5 Limes
  • 1 ½  tsp. Citric Acid
  • 1 tsp. Malic Acid
  • 1 Cup of Caster Sugar

Bring water to a boil, then add lime husks. Let simmer for five minutes. Then, use tongs remove husks and give a quick squeeze.  Remove pot from heat quickly and measure your liquid.  Place back on high heat and reduce by 50% to 1 cup.  Add sugar and acid and stir to dissolve. Filter and bottle. Will last refrigerated up to 3 days.

Pineapple Tepache:

  • ¼ pineapple- rinds, pulp, core, whatever. If you have juice that you can’t use at the end of the day, lob that in there as well.
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 of a cinnamon stick, break it up
  • 3 cloves
  • 5 allspice berries
  • Brewers yeast - use according to package directions.  
  • ½ cup of demerara sugar

Combine all ingredients in a container with holes in the lid and leave it to ferment at room temperature for a few days, tasting it daily. The longer you leave it, the more sugar the yeast will consume and the drier it will be. When fermentation is at point you're happy with, strain off the pulp and refrigerate your tasty af tepache! You can leave a little residual sweetness, or let it

Note: Trash Tiki has used all kinds of yeast! Brewers and wine yeast is nice, but they all produce different and unique flavors. There will be package directions for how much to use to give you an idea (we like to waive it about like fairy dust as a measurement).  Each one will be different.

You can drink the tepache on it’s own as-is, or combine it 1:1 with caster sugar to use it as a syrup in the JB Gin Swaz!