Friday, July 17, 2015

chief lapu lapu

1 1/2 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (Coruba)
1 1/2 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum (Caliche)
3 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1 oz Simple Syrup

Shake with ice and pour into a large snifter glass. Top with ice.

After Yacht Rock Sunday two weekends ago, it was time to pamper myself with some Tiki. When I turned to Beachbum Berry's Remixed, I found the Chief Lapu Lapu which was a communal drink for 2 or more that appeared to me like a gussied up Hurricane. The drink celebrates the Lapu Lapu in the Philippines who defeated Magellan and his men using only knives against Magellan's gunpowder weaponry. The Lapu Lapu were Muslim and they did not want to be converted to Christianity, so what better way to pay tribute with something boozy that they would most likely not want to touch? Berry was able to trace back the drink to Polynesian restaurant menus in the 1950s, and of the three recipes given, I opted for the standard mid-century version.
The Chief Lapu Lapu presented a mint and floral scent. A tart orange, passion fruit, and lemon sip set the tropical theme rather well. And the swallow continued on with more passion fruit flavors, the rums, and floral notes from perhaps the passion fruit itself. Overall, it was a lot more complex than a Hurricane.

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