The Last Drink of Tiki Month: Puka Punch

The Last Drink of Tiki Month: Puka Punch

Well folks, Tiki Month draws to a close, and I am drinking my last Tiki drink of the festivities. Not my last Tiki drink, of course. This stuff is too damn much fun to let go off permanently. But I have little kids and a wife. I don’t have time to be a Tiki blogger. Besides I love my classic cocktails too much to have more than an occasional fling with the tropics.
I wanted to go out with a bang, so I went searching with some criteria. I had to have read about it from one of the Board of Tiki Idols members’ blogs. It had to use either falernum or orgeat. It had to have pineapple. And it had to be a rum drink. And it had to have a long list of ingredients. In short, it had to be a Tiki drink!
Rick had the answer—a drink he wrote about back in the summer of 2006, when he was first falling permanently under the spell of the volcano gods. I decided to assemble a….
Puka Punch!
Rick got it from Intoxica!,by Beach Bum Berry. You can tell how old this post is by the fact that Rick calls him Jeff Berry. Also, he writes the following words:

In general, I find garnishes to be pretty boring.

Times change, people. That’s all I’m saying. Oh, and I made a few small changes, to suit my lack of passionfruit juice.


  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. warm, runny honey
  • 1/4 oz. my homemade falernum
  • 3/8 oz. blueberry syrup
  • 3/8 oz. cold-process grenadine
  • 3/4 oz. orange juice
  • 3/4 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. Mount Gay Eclipse Silver rum
  • 1 oz. Appleton V/X
  • 3/4 oz. Matusalem Gran Reserve rum
  • 1 good dash Angustora Bitters

Blend ingredients with eight ounces of ice for five seconds. Pour into a fun glass and top up with crushed ice. Float 3/4 ounce 151 rum on the surface.

Rick calls for a fun glass. Okey dokey Tiki Idol, gotcha. This last drink had to be Over The Top Boys, hard core Tiki. I went with a hollowed out fresh pineapple for the vessel. Then I put a sugar cube in a lime shell, soaked the cube with 151, and floated the shell like a boat in the drink. Then I plunked a huge chunk of dry ice down into the drink.
Whadda ya think folks? Did I learn well this month?

Oh, and I learned one other thing. If you put dry ice in a drink, then try to light a garnish on the surface…..


  1. Tiare

    1 March

    I really think you have done well during this tiki month, and written so many great posts, i haven´t even had the time yet to read them all but you can bet i will read them from start to end.

    I knew i would get a smile this time too..there´s always something funny to read, this time the “In general, I find garnishes to be pretty boring.” cracked me up;-)

    The use of a fresh pineapple as vessel is one of my favorites..

    In all Pegu, WELL DONE!


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  2. Doug

    1 March

    Thanks Tiare.
    I need a better way to hollow the pineapple out. I wrecked almost all the fruit getting it out.

    Oh and yeah, I had to stop and read that line by Rick about five times….

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  3. Tiare

    1 March

    Do you have a pineapple hollower? that plastic thing called pineapple easy slicer or corer that you so easily hollow out a pineapple with? if not you should get one, it makes it a dream to hollow a pineapple.


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  4. Doug

    1 March


    Wow, I so had to get that thing! God love Amazon Prime….

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  5. pegu

    18 March

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