A Tiki Month Original: The Aku-Kapo Cooler from Ba...

A Tiki Month Original: The Aku-Kapo Cooler from Basic Civilization

Basic Civilization's Aku-Kapo Cooler
The new Rule 2 Logo....Among my favorite blogging compatriots is Joe Garcia of Basic Civilization. While not strictly a Tiki blogger, or even strictly a cocktail blogger, Joe does both of those well. In fact, he kinda annoys me. See, he thinks he possesses a better sense of sartorial style than I. He is wrong, though I admit he has far more opportunity to indulge in haberdasherian excellence—He actually sees his customers face to face on a recurring basis.

More annoying is the fact that he may in fact be funnier than I am. Take a few minutes to read this piece, entitled “It’ll be fun,” they said. That is some Dave Barry, James Lileks, Patrick McManus-level stuff there.

And his cocktail posts also exhibit this sort of amusement value at times, as he does in the Tiki Month post I want to Rule 2 highlight here.
Since he has no picture, and the part I want to you to visit his site for is the writing, I’ll actually post the recipe here, and discuss. Joe calls his original drink the Aku-Capo Cooler. He actually offers two versions of it, but I will stick with #1, the better one.

Why two versions of the drink, you ask?
Read the damn post, say I!


  • 1/4 oz housemade grenadine
  • 1 oz passion fruit pulp (Try Goya Fruta, thawed)
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
  • 1 oz aged rum (I use Appleton VX)
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz coconut rum to float at the end

Combine all but the coconut rum in a blender with ice and flash blend for five seconds. Pour into a tall glass and float the coconut rum. Garnish as you please.

I’ve modified his recipe in two ways. First, Joe wants you to rim the glass with dried, ground coconut. This is a pain in the ass to accomplish. Second, he wants you to shake the drink and serve on crushed ice, rather than blend it. Since he also thinks the Cooler is a bit on the sweet side, my solution is simply to blend the drink, rather than shake. This increases the cold water content. The cold water damps down the sweet and lets the other flavors come forward.

Don’t get me wrong, the Aku-Kapo Cooler is still on the sweeter side, but I really like it. I’ve served to a number of guests so far this month, and they’ve liked it to. I didn’t tell them they were supposed to be getting a coconut rim, because what they don’t know won’t hurt them.


  1. Tiare

    22 February

    Meh…Doug…coconut rim is COOL! (shame on you little dog and helper to not tell him..)

    I`ve actually been pondering doing a coconut rim on my blog for a while…just sort of waiting for the right drink to come across my mind..

    Maybe i could make the Aku-Kapu cooler+ it sure look good or maybe i should make a twist of it and christen one of the new tiki mugs that hopefully shows up at my doorstep soon?

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  2. Tiare

    22 February

    Damn! i wish Doug would have tiki on this blog all year!

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  3. Joe G.

    22 February

    Flash blend…hmmm.

    That sounds like a friendly amendment and could mitigate the issues the more True Believer Cocktailian might have.

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  4. Hurricane Hayward

    23 February

    The coconut rim seems perfectly reasonable and/or quite cool to me.

    In regards to Joe’s follow-up post that mentions preferred rums for “Tiki-entertaining en masse,” I’ve got something interesting in the works to contribute to Tiki Month. If you ever find yourself in the position of making punch for 200, this will answer all your questions.

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  5. Joe G.

    24 February


    Setting aside the logistics and mechanics of punch for 200, I’m working on a blog list of my preferred liquors for entertaining for a big group. (Hint: Costco’s store brand is featured in places.)

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  6. Raffaele Bellomi

    25 February

    tried it, loved it!

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