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How to Make a Chief Lapu Lapu

The Chief Lapu Lapu is a classic 1950s Tiki Cocktail.  Chief Lapu Lapu was a Filipino chief from the 1500s that was one of the first to resist Spanish colonization.  There are many variations of this delicious drink. Here is one common one that I've found on the Internet that I really enjoy.

To start off combine the following into a cocktail shaker with some ice:

1.5 oz Dark Jamaican Rum

1.5 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum

2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

3 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1 oz Simple Syrup

3/4 oz Passion Fruit Syrup

Shake well. I always like to shake mine until the outside of the shaker becomes cool to the touch and condensation starts to form.  By shaking the drink the ice melts a little and the recipe relies on that melting to dilute the strong flavors just a bit.

Pour the drink unstrained into a brandy snifter.   This drink is traditionally served in a brandy snifter, but if you don't have one that's all right. Any glass will do. Then, garnish with a lemon and/or orange peel. I just peel my lemon and orange with a regular vegetable peeler before I juice the fruit.  The peels add a great aroma and the oils in the peel add to the flavor. 

No Worry Substitutions

Don't worry if you don't have these exact ingredients.  You don't need to have a Jamaican Dark Rum. Any dark rum will do. The same goes for the light rum.  I order my Passion Fruit syrup online, but if you don't have any grenadine will do.  Now, will the drink taste exactly the same with these substitutions? Probably not, but I'm sure it will still taste good.  The whole point of Tiki is to have a great drink, and have some fun. Break away from the daily grind and feel like you are a million miles away somewhere warm and tropical. So, enjoy!   


One Huge Tiki Collection



Check out Wendy Cevola's Tiki mug collection, and learn how she became a tiki mug creator.


How to Make a Molokai Mike


The Molokai Mike is a famous Trader Vic's recipe, and looks pretty impressive because it is a layered drink.  Don't let that scare you though it is really easy to make. You make the Molokai Mike in two parts first make the bottom layer and then the top layer.

To make a Molokai Mike combine in a blender: 

1 oz Silver Rum

1 oz Orange Juice

1/2 oz Brandy

1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup

1/2 Cup Ice

Blend the first group of ingredients for just  a few seconds. Just enough so that is is blended, but still slushy. Pour the bottom layer into a glass.

Then, to make the top layer combine in a blender:

1 oz Gold Rum

1 oz Grenadine

1 Cup Crushed Ice

Blend the second group of ingredients very thoroughly so the mixture becomes thick. Then, slowly pour the top layer into the glass, and it will float on top of the bottom layer.  It's really pretty easy. If I can do it anyone can.  You can garnish it with some fruit or an umbrella and serve.


Saturday Morning Cartoons Tiki Style

Grab a bowl of fruit loops and some Hawaiian Punch, and watch some Saturday Morning Cartoons Tiki Style.

Wackiki Wabbit


Hawaiian Holiday



Muppets Kokomo