This little concoction is another creation of Don the Beachcomber. The Lui Lui dates back to the pre-war Tiki era, when Don was still just constructing his wing of the Tiki edifice. It is also one of my favorites of his creation (I’m more of a Trader Vic guy, at least when it comes to recipes). This is bright and exotic, with the dryer, tangier mix of flavors that you more often find in the older recipes.
It also has the singular advantage of providing me with an excuse to crack open my last two, previously un-remarked upon here bottles from Trader Tiki, the cinnamon syrup and the vanilla syrup. Since those bottles’ arrival was what cemented my determination to Tiki out again this year, I needed to put them to some use!
- 1/2 part fresh lime juice
- 1/2 part orange juice
- 1/4 part Trader Tiki’s cinnamon syrup
- 1/4 part Don’s Spices*
- 2 parts gold rum
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
- 4 parts crushed or small ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and flash blend for about five seconds. Pour into a glass and top off with more crushed ice. The garnish should be the longest strip of orange peel you can produce, with the end hanging over the edge.
* Don’s Spices = 1 part Trader Tiki’s vanilla syrup, and 1 part pimento dram