Trader Vic’s Aku Aku

Posted by TraderTiki on February 26th, 2008 — Posted in Don the Beachcomber, Rum, Trader Vic

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.

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!

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Comment by Craig Hermann

So nice to see double rocks glasses on your bar!

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 9:38 am

Comment by keith waldbauer

What a great site!!! Just discovered it and am really enjoying it. And, just got some peach liquer for mint julep season and now have something else to use with it…. thank you

Posted on February 26, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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