Aku Aku Drinks

After drinking all those lapu lapu drinks i wrote about in my previous post i`m now gonna make drinks that has the word aku or aku aku in the name and there`s no other reason for doing that other than tiki drink research..and because i like rum drinks.

In my previous post about lapu lapu drinks there was the Aku Aku Lapu and that one is a lapu style drink with the word aku in the name – which made me feel it`s maybe an aku aku drink but lapu lapu style…if that makes any sense…but if not, just enjoy a good rum drink!

What a lapu lapu drink is – go read here – but what is aku aku?

Well it`s many things – for one there was the Aku Aku restaurant in Las Vegas in cirka 1960 and it says in Intoxica that the Aku Aku once fronted the Stardust hotel along with two massive moais or Easter Island (Rapa Nui) statues. 

The restaurant took it`s name from Thor Heyerdahl`s book Aku Aku – which was the book title of his bestseller – Aku-Aku, the Secret of Easter Island – a 1958 book that described his research on the many giant stone statues or moai found on Easter Island and the culture that created them.

Thor Heyerdahl also wrote the world famous “Kon-Tiki”  – which is the record of a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Thor Heyerdahl suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by an ancient race from thousands of miles to the east, led by a mythical hero, Kon-Tiki. He decided to prove his theory by duplicating the legendary voyage.

And he also wrote the very interesting book “Fatu Hiva” or “Green Was the Earth on the Seventh Day”.

Fatu Hiva was written In the late 1930s, Thor Heyerdahl ( 22 year) left his home in Norway and set off with his new wife for paradise. Fulfilling a long-held ambition to return to nature, the couple sought, and to a degree found, a natural and unspoiled world on the remote island of Fatu-Hiva in the South Pacific.

Yes Thor Heyerdah was quite the adventurer…

But back to Aku Aku:

His theory on how those giant moais on the Easter islands were moved is what gave name to the word aku aku.

Aku Aku – To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a “walking” fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.

There`s also a tiki bar in Norway called Aku Aku, check it out!

And in the tiki drink world there`s of course drinks named after aku aku and that´s what i´m gonna deal with now, the drinks!

First drink is the Aku Gold Cup (Sippin`Safari) and it was served in a glass with a ice mold at the Aku Aku restaurant. There`s a picure of the menu and it says it was a mixure of Mexican limes, Cuban syrup, Jamaican rum, Puerto Rican rhum and dashes of almond and herbsaint.

Quite different from the recipe which makes me wonder if the drink was changed at some point? Lime is replaced with lemon, almond for falernum, Cuban syrup for powder sugar and herbsaint omitted.

So i went and asked the Bum about it and he said the menu photo was from the original 1950s menu, while the recipe was a later, modified version of the drink (Tiki places changed recipes regularly over the years, usually so they could make the drinks more cheaply or more quickly, which was probably the case here).

I`m using the later recipe here.

Aku Aku Gold Cup

0.75 oz fresh lemon juice

1 tsp powdered sugar

0.5 oz falernum

0.5 oz Myer`s dark rum

1.5 oz light Puerto Rican rum

Dissolve powder sugar in lemon juice and shake with the rest of ingredients and strain into a saucer with a “spanish comb” ice shell.

To make it simpler i used simple syrup instead (0.5 oz) and took down the lemon juice to 0.5 oz to suit my taste. And i really liked the drink, i found it very refreshing.

But making an ice shell is a lot of work…and unless you wanna do it, i think since this drink has the words “Aku Aku” in the name it`s perfectly fit to be served in a moai mug.

The moai mug uses the power of silence and has an air of mystique – the expression of the face of the moai makes you wonder what thoughts and powers are inside….

OK, its just a mug but still…at least the drink served has the power of making you drunk! So therefore, enjoy all booze in moderation, especially certain strong tiki drinks – because tiki drinks are seductive…

But if you wanna make the ice shell here`s how:

Place finely crushed ice in a large and wide glass, spread the ice along the bottom and sides of the glass gently tapped it pushing the ice up, and then finally pushed the whole ice shell up a bit on one side of the glass and then into the freezer to stay there for at least 1 hour.

The key to a nice ice shell is shaved ice and since i don`t have any ice shaver i´ll just have to do with the clumsier shell you get from an ice crusher. But if you look in the Bum`s books you`ll see how they are supposed to look.

The next drink is a very tasty twist of the Astro Aku Aku from Grog Log. It came to be one day when i didn´t have the papaya and apricot nectars the recipe calls for – so i used mango and guava juices instead and that was right on, oh so tasty… I also added a spoon of creamed coconut but it´s equally tasty without. And i switched the gold Puerto Rican rum for dark Jamaican.

Silent Aku

1.5 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz mango juice

0.5 oz guava juice

0.75 oz sugarcane syrup

0.5 oz falernum

1 tblsp creamed coconut

Dash Angostura bitters

1 oz 151 demerara rum

1.5 oz dark jamaican rum

Blend everything with half cup of crushed ice aqnd pour into a Moai mug (or other vessel or tiki mug) filled with cracked ice. If i`ve had a moai mug i would have used it for this drink, it would´ve been a perfect fit but since i have none (yet) i took one of my coconuts.

This twist of the already tasty Astro Aku Aku is so tasty i made it several times already both with and without the creamed coconut and switching out the rums. I found for example that it tastes very good with Tiki Lover´s dark rum. I´m out of Coruba unf but i can imagine it would be great in this drink.

I wish i had some left of the Caroni but alas…

Lapu Lapu Drinks

Lapu Lapu are a type of strong rum drinks and it is said that they bring magic and makes you “see things on the other side” – whatever that means… The term Lapu Lapu comes from a legend that happened to be the name sake of the drink Chief Lapu Lapu. The name is after the Filipino chief Lapu Lapu – who defeated Magellan in 1521 (you can read about the legend in Remixed)

And how that name so many years later was used to name rum drinks served in the polynesian restaurants during the great Tiki era is one more of those mysterious things that belongs to the rum soaked tiki drink world..

There´s also a Disney version of a Lapu Lapu served at the Polynesian resort in a hollowed out pineapple (like the Boo Loo) containing rums, orange juice and sour mix.

The Lapu Lapu drinks mentioned in Jeff Beachbum Berry`s Remixed are the Chief Lapu Lapu, Aku Aku Lapu and the lesser known Kikuya Lapu (all are on page 61-63 in Remixed)

These three are all different incarnations of the same drink and it´s a drink large enough to serve two people but of course they can be enjoyed by one, it´s just a lot of rum! I can´t say which one of these i like the most, they are all tasty, the Aku AKu Lapu packs a serious punch.

Chief Lapu Lapu 

3 oz orange juice
2 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 oz  sugar syrup
1 oz passion fruit syrup
1 1/2 oz dark Jamaican rum
1 1/2 oz light Puerto Rican (or Virgin Islands) rum

Shake well with ice cubes in a large shaker and pour into a large snifter. Add more ice to fill.

Aku Aku Lapu

1 oz lemon juice
1 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz  orange juice
1 oz Falernum
1 oz  gold rum
1 oz  dark Jamaican rum
1 oz  Lemon Hart 151 Demerara rum
(or 1.5 oz regular proof Lemon Hart)
16 oz crushed ice

Blend at high speed for about 20 seconds. Pour into large snifter or bowl and add more ice to fill. Traditional garnish is a gardenia.

This one is from the Aku Aku restaurant in Las Vegas cirka 1960. In Intoxica it says the Aku Aku once fronted the Stardust hotel along with two massive moais or Rapa Nui (Easter Island) statues. The phrase “Te pito o te henua” has been said to be the original name of the island.

Aku Aku was the book title of Thor Heyedahl´s bestseller. His theory on how those giant moais were moved gave name to the word aku aku: Aku Aku – To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a “walking” fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.

Kikuya Lapu

0.5 oz cranberry juice
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.75 oz orange juice
0.75 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
0.75 oz grapefruit juice
0.75 oz passionfruit syrup
0.75 oz honey mix
1.5 oz dark jamaican rum
0.5 oz caribbean 151 rum
Dash angostura bitters
6 drops pernod
3 drops almond extract

Shake with plenty of ice and pour unstrained into a snifter or tiki  bowl, adding more ice to fill. Traditional garnish is pineapple; cherry, mint and a paper parasol.

This is the third lapu lapu drink in Remixed and the least known. It´s also the only one not originating from the old Tiki era, it was created in 1992 by Bob Esmino for the Kikuya restaurant in Huntington Beach CA. He provided most of the “lost” Kon-TIki recipes in both Remixed and Sippin`Safari.

Royal Hawaiian Lapu Lapu

Half fill a brandy snifter with shaved ice, if you can`t get shaved, try get it a fine a possible.
2 oz white rum (use a good quality rum that has flavor)
Add 60 % pineapple juice and 40 % orange juice – to almost fill up the glass but leave some room for the floater.
Add a tsp each of orgeat, sugacane syrup and passion fruit syrup.
Add a 2 oz floater of dark rum – and use a rum that is really dark if possible.
Shake and strain and fill up with more shaved ice and float the dark rum on top.
Garnish with a thick lime peel hanging over the rim. Well i made a different garnish because my limes were finished and used pineapple instead.

So this was all the Lapu Lapu drinks i could find!

Okole Maluna!