Just hours before Labor Day 2010 hits, here’s one last sweet cocktail to go alongside The Bramble, The Dark ‘N Stormy and The Moscow Mule as a drink just right for summer picking. The Honolulu Lulu is ideal for sipping on your sun-baked balcony, poolside, or to get you through the agony of having to watch the neighbors sniff through your old album collections and mis-matched dish sets during your Labor Day Yard Sale Blowout.
Not to mention that if you plan on making a human sacrifice to your favorite tiki god on a forbidden burial ground deep in the heart of the Kula Kai Caverns, there isn’t a cocktail with a name better suited.
The amount of available differing recipes for a Honolulu Lulu indicate that no version of the drink has ever really taken off, leading just about everyone and their unemployed younger brother to snap up the catchy name, add a list of random ingredients to it, and slap a party parasol on top.
This Lulu recipe, for my taste, featured the most complimentary ingredients. Sweet and coffee-flavored with minor punches of hazelnut and lime, there’s no denying that this is the sort of drink you might only be interested in ordering if you were situated in The Pirate’s Cove Lounge with Ted Lange as your bartender and the bouncy notes of Kathie Lee Gifford’s “Ain’t We Got Fun!” wafting in from a few decks above.
But if you’ve got the ingredients on hand (I’m guessing it would still be a treat without the simple syrup and the light rum), give it a shot. And if you don’t have the ingredients on hand, just tuck this recipe for now, away and bust it out while making the preps for your next limbo party.
The Honolulu Lulu
1 1/2 oz. dark rum
1 oz. light rum
1 oz. Frangelico
1/2 oz. Kahlua
3 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. lime juice
1 tbsp. simple syrup
1 lime wedge
Add all ingredients but the lime wedge into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain contents out into a collins glass or a hurricane glass with 2-3 cubes of ice. Squeeze juice of lime wedge over the top of the drink, then drop it in. Serve immediately.