Honolulu Lulu

Now that we’re truly getting into the winter months it’s time to start living vicariously through your cocktail selection, and there’s no better place to start than with the Honolulu Lulu. Boy, does this cocktail have it all – and i’m not even being facetious, there are 7 ingredients(!) in this drink. Sure, they’re all staples that any bar would have but crikey, that’s a lot of measuring and pouring for one drink. There’s multiple types of rum, coffee and hazlenut liqueurs, fruit juices, this list goes on, so right about now you might be wondering whether or not this drink manages to balance them all out to work harmoniously together, or whether it’s a classic tale of ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’.

Somehow during our tasting, it managed to be both. Now, at Team G&T HQ we do have plenty of straws, but they’re not usually added to a drink unless it’s a long one and we’re feeling particularly lazy. I think it’s something to do with how they inevitably get stuck to the bottom of the glass in some sticky cocktail residue after someone forgets to put it in the bin and instead leaves it at the side of the sink. Yes, as you can probably tell this is a particular bug bear for me.

However, there are times when a drink absolutely needs a straw. For reasons unknown to us mere mortals, some drinks just don’t taste right when they’re drunk straight from the edge of the glass, yet the tastes improves remarkably when it’s sipped through a straw. If I had to hazard a guess, I would think it’s something to do with how certain liqueurs and components of cocktails might sink to the bottom, and when you drink from a straw you’re getting all that flavourful goodness direct from the source, and not whatever is left behind at the top of the glass.

The Hononlulu Lulu is one of these drinks. It’s pretty as a picture in a tall glass laden with ice, but unfortunately doesn’t taste like it when drunk au natural, but drunk through a straw all of the flavours come together into something pretty special. Without a straw, it’s clunky and nothing works well – everything is vying for pole position on your tastebuds but all it succeeds in doing is leaving a pretty bitter taste. With a straw however, there’s an intial wave of sweetness that’s followed by an earthy aftertaste which is quite unique amongst the cocktails i’ve tried recently. The pineapple flavouring remains a constant throughout; it’s not too sweet on it’s own and somehow also manages to mellow out the bitterness of the coffee liqueur which leaves a pleasant aroma of the drink that plays nicely with the rum and fruit. It’s fresh and invigorating, the perfect drink for pretending that it’s summer again.


Not pictured here: Emergency Induction Port.

The Recipe:

♦  1 ½ ounce dark rum

♦  1 ounce light rum

♦  1 ounce hazelnut liqueur

♦  ½ ounce coffee liqueur

♦  3 ounces pineapple juice

♦  1 ounce lime juice

♦  ½ ounce simple syrup

Shake all the ingredients together with ice and then strain into a tall glass. Add a few of the ice cubes and enjoy cold.

Interesting side note, my recipe book calls for ‘1 tablespoon of simple syrup’. I’ve just converted it to ounces for your ease because seriously, why change it up like that?


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