MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG 11 – Chief Lapu Lapu

Here`s one of those typically odd drink names again – so typical in the Tiki world..so who`s Chief Lapu Lapu?

Well, he was the tribal chef of Mactan, an island in the Visayas in the Philippines and lived in the years 1491–1542. So how come he´s got a drink named after him? well…if you beat Magellan – here`s the story:

Lapu-Lapu led his Mactan warriors armed with barong and spears on the morning of April 27, 1521 in a battle against Portuguese explorer and conquistador Ferdinand Magellan who with his Spanish buddies armed with cannons and guns decided to tour the Philippines in 1521.

In what would later be known as the Battle of Mactan, Magellan and several of his men were killed – and Lapu Lapu apparently got a cocktail named after him as well – but by who i have no idea.

And now there`s a statue of him that the Cebuano people have erected in his honor on Mactan Island and renamed the town of Opon in Cebu to Lapu-Lapu City. Another statue stands in Rizal Park in the national capital of Manila.

Seems like a great chief and likewise this is also a great cocktail:

CHIEF LAPU LAPU

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3 ounces of orange juice
3 ounces of sweet and sour
1 ounce of passion fruit syrup
1 1/2 ounce of light rum
1 1/2 ounce of dark rum

Shake (or blend with crushed ice) with ice cubes and pour into a large snifter partly filled with more ice cubes.

The drink is sweet and tart, and really like the addition of passionfruit syrup. You can make your own – or use Trader Tiki`s.

I decided to try to make a twist with bourbon, and hibiscus grenadine – plus a topping of hibiscus tincture which has been taken back in use after a bit of dormancy on my shelf.

PULAKA PUNCH

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3 oz orange juice
3 oz sweet and sour (equal parts lemon and lime + simple syrup, 50/50)
0.5 oz passion fruit syrup
2 oz Bourbon
A tsp hibiscus grenadine
A few dashes hibiscus tincture on top of the ice

Shake with ice cubes (or blend with crushed ice) and pour into a tall or double old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Add a few dashes hibiscus tincture on top of the ice and garnish with a speared pineapple chunk and brandied cherry.

To make a hibiscus tincture, take an ounce of dried hibiscus flowers (jamaica) and steep in about 5 ounces of alcohol (vodka or overproof white rum) for a couple of days, then strain and bottle.

They are quite similar in taste, its just that Pulaka Punch has Bourbon. After trying these out i can now say that the result of these drinks both depends on two things i think – the passionfruit syrup and the quality of the spirits.

My advice for passionfruit syrup would be – make your own – or use Trader Tiki`s. And for the spirits, well – use the best quality you can get – and also the one´s that you like the most of course, which doesn´t have to be the most expensive ones.

DR FUNK AND DR FUNK`S SON

Dr Funk´s Son encased in a tower of crushed ice.

Who is Dr Funk and who is Dr Funk`s son?

Dr Funk is a classic Tiki drink named after a a German doctor who practised in Samoa treating among others the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson, sometimes in the beginning of the 20th Century, maybe even earlier. Most likely he created the drink as a medicinal tonic for his patients.

The German Dr Bernard Funk was employed in 1867 to practise privately in Apia, Samoa in the eighteen-nineties. So how did a German doctor in Samoa wind up getting an Absinthe cocktail served in a Fu Manchu mug named after him? That question remains to be answered..

Traditionally this cocktail was almost always served in some variation of the Fu Manchu mug, except Trader Vic’s Doctor Funk of Tahiti, which is served in a chimney glass. As far as i know the original recipe has never been tracked down because the mysterious Dr Funk has mutated too many times.

A general description of the Doctor Funk cocktail recipe appears in the 1921 book, Mystic Isles of the South Seas: “It was made of a portion of absinthe, a dash of grenadine,—a syrup of the pomegranate fruit,—the juice of two limes, and half a pint of siphon water. Dr. Funk of Samoa, who had been a physician to Robert Louis Stevenson, had left the receipt for the concoction when he was a guest of the club.”

First time i read about this drink i found it very interesting. I have read books about the South Seas since i was a child, and i can recall reading a book about Louis Stevenson.

DR FUNK - Recipe from Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica!

2 1/2 oz. Dark Jamaican Rum

2 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1 1/2 oz. Club Soda

1/2 oz. Grenadine

1/4 oz. Absinthe

Shake all ingredients except club soda in a cocktail shaker with 1 cup of crushed ice. Pour into Fu Manchu mug or 12 oz. chimney glass. Top with soda and more crushed ice to fill

So who is Dr Funk`s son?

It was made by Trader Vic: The Trader didn’t claim to have invented the Doctor Funk, but he was the proud father of its son, a variation with a float of 151-proof rum instead of Pernod. ‘This is the drink that I originated,’ he wrote, ‘and I think that it’s better than Doctor Funk.”

I decided to make it and of course served with the glass inside in that beautiful tower of ice which i`ve seen in pictures.. superchilling the drink. When it comes to this tower of ice, i have seen two variations, one with a tower of crushed ice and one without crushed ice but plain, so i decided to make both. (The crushed ice tower is in the pic at the top.)

I haven`t seen any instructions anywhere in to how to make this ice tower so i made mine by placing the glass inside of a plastic ”bucket” a bit bigger than the glass filling the space in between with water and the into the freezer overnight.

For the crushed ice variety i filled the space first with crushed ice and the added water to freeze it all together. The one that is made with plain ice turned to be a bit cracked as the ice cracked a bit when i poured some warm water on the outside of the plastic bucket to loosen it from the glass.

DR FUNK´S SON (Trader Vic’s Bartenders guide)

Ice tower made with plain, not crushed ice

1/2 Lime

1/2 oz lemon juice

1 dash grenadine syrup

1 dash sugar syrup

1/2 oz 151 proof rum

2 oz dark Jamaica rum

2 oz club soda

Put everything in a mixing glass with ice and stir, pour into a 12 oz glass. Garnish with mint sprig and lime shell and fruit stick. I must admit that half the reason for me doing this drink was for the excitement in making of the ice towers..and then i find the history of Dr Funk very interesting.