The next time you visit Walt Disney World, you should make a point to stop at the lounge outside of Ohana in the Polynesian for a tropical drink or two. Can’t decide which one to get? I suggest the Lapu Lapu. It’s a rum drink reminiscent of a Hurricane that is served in a pineapple. I had one for the first time last year and decided that I needed to make it for the blog!
Obviously I forgot about that until I was listening to an episode of America’s Test Kitchen Radio and they were talking about a pineapple corer/slicer that they liked. It was only $6 so I hopped on the Amazon ordered it, bought some pineapples and rum and set out to recreate this signature drink.
If you don’t have pineapples or a pineapple corer (and don’t want to get one), serve these in a glass with a little umbrella and some pineapple slices for garnish. I went authentic with the hollowed out pineapple for my Lapu Lapu.
- 1 Pineapple, hollowed out with this
- 2 oz Myers Rum
- 2 oz Orange Juice
- 3 oz Pineapple Juice
- 1 oz Sour Mix
- 1 oz Bacardi 151 floated on top
- Shake everything except the 151 with some ice to thoroughly chill it
- Pour the drink into a hollowed-out pineapple (or glass if you have to)
- Top with the 151 and serve
When you’re done drinking your Lapu Lapu from your pineappley cup, cut the pineapple into wedges and feast on the goodness within. There should still be some flesh in there that has absorbed a bit of the drink.
To make a pitcher of Lapu Lapus, change the ounces to cups and leave out the 151. Serve over ice and top the individual drinks with a 151 floater.
A pineapple’s outer color doesn’t have anything to say about the tasty pineapple inside so look for plump and fresh looking pineapples. Pineapples don’t ripen any more than they are when they are picked.
One reply on “Lapu Lapu from Disney’s Tambu Lounge”
To improve this drink a bit more, you can use a better rum float than Bacardi 151. Good choices are Lemon Hart 151, and Hamilton 151, if you have these available in your area. You can also use non-151 rums like excellent Smith & Cross, Koloa Dark, Myers’s Dark, Pusser’s blue-label, and virtually any Appleton aged rums.
The Tambu Lounge unfortunately cannot stock some of the better rums and, by using Bacardi 151, are unfortunately scraping the bottom of the barrel of available rums. They are space-constrained, and it shows in some of the drink recipes they use.