All photos taken by Jess Swanson. The Komodo, the drink that sparked the South Florida kratom lawsuit. We had to try it for ourselves!
"I was hoping the press would come in," Purple Lotus Bar owner Jimmy Scianno says when I call him to ask about the komodo, a tea of ground kava and kratom leaves -- which is the most popular drink at his bar.
In October, Michael and Erica Siegel sued Scianno for negligence after they say they unwittingly drank kratom in the komodo. After falling into a downward spiral of addiction, the couple is now asking for $15,000 to pay for medical and rehab bills.
But kratom, an herbal leaf from Southeast Asia, is currently legal in Florida. So we tried the drink for ourselves.More »