Friday, April 27, 2012

The Greene's are getting their lab coats on and experimenting!

This weekend we are getting down to work and shall figure out the recipe for a Lapu Lapu!  There are conflicting recipes and we're going to try them, see which tastes right, and then sit down to drink a toast to the passing of our beloved Royal Hawaiian - in business since 1947, so yes, it was a town institution!

One recipe, from Disneyland [close but inland and for the visiting masses], is:  2 parts Myer's Dark Rum, 2 parts pineapple juice, 3 parts orange juice, 1 part sweet and sour mix, and topped off with 1 part Bacardi 151 rum floated on top.
The other is from cats big boy at Tiki Central and [sounds really close, but I'm not sure of the "almond" bit so we'll try it and see] consists of: 
  • A full glass of shaved ice.
  • A splash of simple syrup. (Available at "Smart and Final")
  • A splash of orgeat syrup (gives it that almond flavor). It can also be purchased at Smart and Final. Amaretto is a nice substitution.
  • A splash of passion fruit syrup(this is what makes it different from a mai tai). Usually available at Smart and Final or The Liquor Barn.
  • light rum. Probably around 2 shots in a brandy sniffer sized glass.
  • A mixture of 60% pineapple juice, 40% orange juice.
  • A floater of dark rum. Myers is not dark enough. Use either "Whalers" (sold at Trader Joe's) or "Trader Vic's"
Those both sound/read good, but I'm placing my faith in the third which is from Great Taste Magazine - a mag which originates in a town just up the coast so proximity makes me think it's in the know - and is: 

2 ounces Myers Light Rum
Equal Parts: Fresh Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice and Passion Fruit Juice
1.5 ounces Floater of Dark Rum

Made in a large snifter over crushed ice

Wish us luck and get your tiki on!

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