The Boo Loo – Beware of it`s quiet strength

Here` s a quick post on one of the more well known tiki drinks the Boo Loo. A while ago i had a Boo Loo weekend together with a few people on instagram, yes really…there´s quite a bit of tikiphiles and other tropical drink lovers out there..and it´s fun when everybody post up their Boo Loo pictures.

The Boo Loo is usually served in a pineapple but i think it also looks fantastic in a goblet a la Forbidden island style – or other cool glass. I made a traditional one served in the pineapple and then another in a glass that night and only switched out some of the rums for variety and there´s quite a lot of rum in this drink…

Speaking of which – as in all rum forward drinks make sure to use good rums!

This is a Lapu Lapu type of drink, and it`s  enough in the pineapple or glass to be shared by two but can of course be good for one as well, heck i had two myself… It´s a polynesian restaurant style drink and similar to the Chief Lapu Lapu, Aku Lapu Lapu and the lesser known Kikuya Lapu ( all are on page 61-63 in BB Remixed)

These three are all different incarnations of the Chief Lapu Lapu which got it´s name after the Filipino chief Lapu Lapu who defeated Magellan in 1521 (you can read about the legend in Remixed) and how a rum drink served in tiki bars can get it´ name after that event is part of the mystery..

And so the Boo Loo is that kinda drink, boozy in a quiet way…and very relaxing.

Try it!

BOO LOO

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

Put pineapple chunks, honey and lime and pineapple juices in blender and blend without ice until liquefied. Pour unstrained into a hollowed out pineapple filled with crushed ice (or goblet) Add rums and soda and stir until well chilled.

As for the honey – heat until liquid and lightly cool it before adding to the blender. I always use liquid honey to make it even easier to mix.

I know the drink was created around 1965 but by whom i have no idea but it`s on the menu at the Fobidden Island. The Boo Loo is in Beachbum Berry`s Grog Log and Remixed.

This drink is quite rum forward and don`t be tricked by the honey and pineapple smoothness – this drink will creep up on you. But i like boozy drinks especially if the booze is rum…

If you add some coffee and mole bitters you get a Princess Kalakau which is a twist i made and you can call it the Boo Loo`s spicier cousin.

FINE TIKI – BOO LOO AND PRINCESS KALAKAU

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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.

BOO LOO

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  • 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.

PRINCESS KALAKAU

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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.

MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG 8 – Boo Loo

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When a classic cocktail is made right, it’s a marvel of balance of good flavours and it’s the same with tiki drinks. Everybody who has held a tall tiki mug or glass with a well crafted drink in it knows what I mean.

If there’s one thing I would want to repeat over and again whether its classic or tiki or other drinks it’s the use of fresh and good quality ingredients, it cannot be said enough many times. It starts right there.

Another aspect i like with the tikidrink mixing is that they allow such bountyful garnish – and here you really can play – and sometimes i like to make crazy garnishes too and with these drinks its perfect. Not that every tikidrink must or should be crowned with endless amounts of tropical garnish but the point is – with these drinks you can.

Also to serve the drink in a fruit or coconut thus making the vessel a garnish in itself is such a nice way to enjoy them. As they are tropical and everything tropical is colourful it just comes so natural with lush garnish too.

I`m going to serve this Boo Loo in a pineapple.

BOO LOO

A few small chunks of fresh pineapple

2.5 oz unsweetened pineapple juice

1.5 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz honey

1.5 oz club soda

1.5 oz gold Puerto Rican Rum

0.75 oz dark Jamaican Rum

0.75 oz 151 demerara rum

1.5 oz Demerara rum

Heat honey until liquid and mix with juices and fruit in a blender. Stir in rums and soda. Pour into 36 ounce snifter filled with crushed ice, or serve in a hollowed out pineapple.

To prepare the pineapple you may use a pineapple corer which is a plastic device, quite handy. Or you cut off the top and hollow out the pineapple center with a knife. Then fill up with crushed ice and pour in the drink.

The top can be replaced if you wish, just put a long straw in and sip slowly.

Now as for these rums, i don`t have any gold PR rum and instead i use other golden rum such as Appleton VX. Demerara 151 is hard to find unless you have either an old bottle of Lemon Hart 151 left or can buy demeraras sold from Europe which are very expensive but also very good.

LH 151 is really hard to replace..and its a shame its not marketed anymore, really, its tragic. If you can`t get any of the fullproof demeraras from Europe i guess your best bet is to mix El Dorado 15 with El Dorado highproof or something similar.

If anyone has any good ideas here, please you are welcome to comment.

Now Boo Looo needs a twist and i love turtles so this one is called Honu Honu – the word Honu is Hawaiian for “turtle” and is most often applied to the green sea turtle.

HONU HONU

A few small chunks of fresh pineapple, muddled so it gets juicy too

1 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz honey

0.5 oz vanilla orgeat (mix equal parts vanilla syrup and orgeat or make orgeat with vanilla from scratch or add vailla beans to orgeat and heat and steep)

1  oz rhum agricole vieux

1 oz rhum agricole blanc

Top with Club Soda

Float JWray

Heat honey until liquid and mix with orgeat, juices and fruit in a blender. Stir in rums  except JWray and top with soda. Pour into a tall glass filled with crushed ice, or serve in a hollowed out pineapple and a decent float JWray.

The JWray float is what gives this drink its “kick”.