Boo Loo… a smooth blend of honey and pineapple and quietly strong…i could buy this drink for the name alone. This is an old classic Tiki drink that is so worth re-visiting since its one of the very tasty ones. You can find it in the Grog Log and the Remixed, and it`s a rummy one – it contains 4.5 oz of four different rums including the 151, just the way i like it.

So it was with pleasure i made this one once again- despite i made it in june in my post series “Mixing through Grog Log” but here´s some cheating: i didn´t have all the rums required or more precisely “Gold Puerto Rican Rum”, but i do have lots of rums so i made it with Coruba, El Dorado 12, Smith & Cross and Lemon Hart151 with great results.

Coruba isn´t exactly Gold Puerto Rican Rum but nevertheless it made for a great addition to the rum-mix. When you have been researching rum for a while you start to develop a feel for which rums goes well together and besides – Coruba is a classical choice for many Tiki drinks. I think it blends wonderfully.

I have no idea as of the origins of this drink more than it dates back to circa 1965 and was on the menu of the Forbidden Island.



  • A few small fresh pineapple chunks
  • 2 1/2oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2oz lime juice
  • 1oz honey
  • 1 1/2oz club soda
  • 1 1/2oz Demerara Rum
  • 1 1/2oz gold Purto Rican rum
  • 3/4oz dark Jamaican rum
  • 3/4oz 151 Demerara Rum

Heat honey until liquid and blend with the juices and pineapple. Stir in rums and soda. Pour into glass filled with crushed ice.

This is such a nice and satisfying Tiki drink! honey, pineapple and lime…paired with dark rums, this is for a fine Tiki drink experience. but beware of its quiet strength..

Now – Boo Loo has an exotic cousin – Princess Kalahau. This is yet another twist i make of  Boo Loo but this one is so different its a totally new drink – with equally much flavor but with more character due to the addition of a mix of dark roast coffee liqueur and Xocolatl Mole Bitters.

I wanted to use coffee bitters first but since i don´t have that i got the idea to mix coffee liqueur with the mole bitters.

This adds a bitter-sweet coffee-chocolately-spicy darkness to the drink.



Tiki mug Mahiumi from Tiki Farm – with a beautiful strand of pink & white ginger flowers.

A small pice of fresh ginger, muddled with 1/4 oz of sugarcane syrup (Petit Canne)

0.5 oz fresh lime

1 oz Smith & Cross

1 oz aged rhum agricole

1/4 oz coffee liqueur (Tia Maria) mixed with several dashes Bittermen´s xocolatl mole bitters

2 oz unsweetened pineapple juice

Shake all ingredients well and pour into a Tiki mug or tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with fresh mint.

As good as Boo Loo but with much more character. I can safely say i didn´t have any problems finishing these two.


  1. I don’t doubt That Coruba and Tia Maria play well together. Tia Maria is paired with Myer’s in traditional Jamaican Coffee, and Coruba is sooo much better than Myer’s. Hmm. . . now my unspiked plain morning coffee seems suddenly bland and flavorless.

  2. Hey T!

    I got to mixing the Boo Loo but it might be the right time for it.

    On the Princess Kalakau I urge you to throw some Coruba in there!

    I´m been playing a lot with Coruba + Tia Maria and the make a lovely pair! Almost as if they were made for each other!
    Let me know what you think…

  3. Tiare, the drink was fantastic – thanks for guiding me through! I had a cute shoot of young ginger – this ended up being a nice garnish 🙂

  4. i believe the best result would be to use 2 oz of ED12 since VX is far from how agricole tastes. Better make it a demerara rum drink, i believe it would be the tastiest and the rest of ingredients goes well together with it.
    Good luck! please tell me how it turns out! and don`t take much ginger, just a little and don´t muddle the hell outta it either but since ginger is hard, muddle good.

  5. Thank you Tiare – sorry i couldn’t express myself clearly – my question was more around the second drink – the subs for Smith&Cross and rum agricole – can i use El Dorado 12 instead? Or maybe combinign with Appleton VX? Was thinking about makign the Princess cocktail last night but chicken out not knowing which would be a right rum to use – but the ginger as an ingredient is intriguing – can’t wait to try!

  6. S&R i love that mug too! i could drink a Boo loo now or the Princess Kalakaua but its late sunday now..and i need to get up at 5.30 for work weekend!

    Thanks Kostas, the Boo Loo is strong yes but in a quiet don´t notice in the flavor and not right away either but then it knocks you if you´re not careful;-)

    Helena yes you can! if you don´t have it – take what you got. I would use 2 1/4 oz of the El Dorado 12, then 1 1/2oz Appleton Estate VX and 3/4oz Meyers.

  7. Sounds so good – don’t have these particular rums though – i do have El Dorado 12, Appleton Estate VX, Tortuga, Old Monk and Meyer. Can use some of these as a sub?

  8. I LOVE that mug! And of course I love the Boo Loo. It’s a high-octane tiki night here as well, and I’m just finishing the last tasty sips of a Beachbum Coconaut — made with Coruba naturally.

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