There are multiple variations of this popular cocktail. The oldest, as well as the most famous one, is the Chief Lapu Lapu that dates from the mid 1950s. Chief Lapu Lapu was a Filipino chief and one of the first to resist Spanish colonization and is credited with killing Magellan. The original Lapu Lapu blends rums with a variety of juices and syrups. I’ve opted to forego passion fruit purée for a Grenadine and Paradise Blend. This wonderfully exotic cocktail will please those who love sipping cocktails on a beach or from the back porch! I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Lapu Lapu served @ohanas in the Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World where the drink is served in
hollowed out pineapples!
2 2/3 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 1/2 oz Dark Rum (I used Myers)
1 1/2 oz Light Rum (I used Bacardi)
1 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Grenadine
1/4 oz BG Reynolds Paradise Blend
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled partially with ice.
Whip shake for a few seconds to generate a little dilution and strain into a chilled tiki glass 1/2 filled with pebble ice. Top with additional pebble ice if needed.
Garnish with pineapple fronds, orange wheels, Maraschino cherries and serve, if inclined, in a hollowed pineapple 🍍! I did none of these, so shame on me!