The word Aku-Aku can refer to a few things, one being the movement of a heavy flat bottomed object, and the other being a spiritual guide. It appears to be a rarotongan term, so the reality is anybody’s guess. But certainly you’ll be guided, spiritually to get your flat-bottomed object to a Trader Vic’s sometime for their delicious frozen concoction, the Aku-Aku.
Trader Vic’s Aku-Aku (Source: Trader Vic’s Tiki Party!)
- 1 ounce white rum
- 1/2 ounce peach liqueur
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 2 ounces fresh pineapple chunks
- 8-10 large fresh mint leaves
- dash simple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
Blend until smooth, garnish with mint sprig and pineapple wedge
It’s a tasty drink, not a lot of booze but plenty of flavor. The mint makes it really nice and refreshing, and since it’s blended, the mint leaves aren’t a thready or interruptive texture. As well, as the bum pointed out, it’s a direct rip-off of Don the Beachcomber’s Missionary’s Downfall, with just a bit of difference in the amount of lime used (add about another ounce). Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so they say.
Blend, drink, and enjoy!
Just a quick thank you to all those who showed up for Tiki Third Tuesday at Teardrop Lounge.
It was a great night, and everything turned out even better than I could have possibly expected. Appearances were made by the folks from portlandfood.org, Matthew, Craig and Heather, of course, and a few other notorious socialites and local liquorati.
I’ve got to get my bar back in shape, and then it’s time to start working on the menu for March 18th! Hope to see you there!
Unfortunately, life often gets in the way of the best laid plans. In this case, a 101° fever is going on a rampage through my system, leaving me out of the home bar.
Here then, is the entirety of the menu for Tiki Third Tuesday at Teardrop Lounge.
- Cobra’s Fang
- Don’s Coffee Grog
- Dr. Funk
- Fog Cutter
- La Floridita Daiquiri
- Lei Lani Volcano
- Mai Tai
- Navy Grog
- Nui Nui
- Pearl Diver’s Punch
- Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail
- Suffering Bastard
Here’s to a few days rest before the event, and hope to see you there!
Originally known as the Pupule (Hawaiian for crazy), the Nui Nui was one of Don the Beachcomber’s original creations in his 1930s bar in Hollywood, and seems to have been fairly exclusive to the Don the Beachcomber restaurants and other of his haunts and creations. There don’t seem to be any copies of this on the non-Don tiki bar menus I’ve seen. Perhaps it’s because of the secrecy of the ingredients, or perhaps the name didn’t catch on.
You’d be lucky to find another like this classic on the menu at most tiki bars these days, but it holds a special place at Forbidden Island, and will be available on the special menu during Tiki Third Tuesday at Teardrop!
It’s a true call to tropical islands, with some cinnamon, dark rum, and a mixture known only as Don’s Spices #2.
Nui Nui in Hawaiian means very very, or very large. I think you’ll like this one very, very much. Be sure to be at Teardrop Lounge on Feb 19th and have one!
To quote Trader Vic, “Fog Cutter, hell. After two of these, you won’t even see the stuff “. Trader Vic is credited in his Book of Food and Drink as the originator of the Tiki Classic, though in Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, famed bartender Tony Ramos recalls its origins at an eponymous restaurant in Hollywood. No matter where it came from, this is a tall and tasty kick to the noggin. Vic describes it as “delicious but a triple threat. You can get pretty stinking on these, no fooling” This drink combines about four ounces of rum, brandy, and gin, with a float of sherry, and some tropical juices and flavorings.
This drink favors ice, and plenty of it. As big and tall of a vessel filled with cracked ice as you can get. Modern versions call for a higher ratio of orange to lemon juice, but the original formulation, with some nice homemade orgeat, is about as fantastic as it can get. This is a great drink, and a lesson for those of the “syrupy sweet” school of tiki drinks.
Just a note, Kaiser Penguin also has a great post on the Fog Cutter, and its many variations. This drink has been through a few remixes in its time, and is currently on most Trader Vic’s menu, and a few other classic menus, as the Somoan Fog Cutter. The difference is anyone’s guess, but it still packs a potent punch, no matter how you name it.
The Fog Cutter is another entry on the special menu on Tiki Third Tuesday at Teardrop, Feb 19th.