Recipe Remake – Tambu Lounge Lapu Lapu

Recipe Remake – Tambu Lounge Lapu Lapu

As I sit watching Hercules for the first time, it occurs to me (not for the first time) that I’m a manly man…in spite of my love of what some would say are unmanly drinks.

I’m not gonna lie – I enjoy a good Lapu Lapu as much as anyone. And for the record, I’m not referring to anything that went on at my bachelor party in Las Vegas. Besides, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

No, the Lapu Lapu I’m talking about is the Tambu Lounge specialty drink served in a pineapple. Not a plastic replica. A REAL…LIVE (well, it was once live)…PINE…APPLE. Could there be any better vessel for a tiki drink??? Actually yes, and you can find it just downstairs from the Tambu Lounge in Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. I digress. But this leads me to the inspiration for this post.

One of the fans of my favorite Disney podcast (3 Sheets to the Mouse) set up a March Madness-style bracket for Disney drinks on the 3 Sheets Facebook page, with member votes determining winners in each round. The championship came down to the Nautilus (my favorite – I own the hardware BTDubs) versus the Lapu Lapu. And the pineapple won.

One of these days I’ll get around to ketoing the Nautilus recipe – of course I’ll first have to figure out exactly what Falernum is – but for now I give you the Lapu Lapu, cocktail champion!

The description from the Tambu Lounge menu reads:

“Lapu Lapu…Myers’s Original Dark Rum and Tropical Fruit Juices served in a fresh Pineapple topped with Goslings 151 Rum”


The KTK version goes something like this…


2 oz dark rum (I use Myer’s Rum Original Dark)

9 oz Dasani Sparkling Tropical Pineapple

6 oz LaCroix Orange Sparkling Water

3 oz Sprite Zero

1 healthy squirt lemon juice

1 healthy squirt lime juice

1 oz 151 proof rum (I use Cruzan 151 Proof Rum)



Mix the first six ingredients (all except the 151 proof rum). I generally pour these one-by-one into a giant measuring cup with fluid ounce measurements to get the right proportions, add the contents of the measuring cup to your particular drinking vessel, and then stir. Next, float the 151 proof rum (i.e. pour over the top of the drink without stirring). I recommend a straw if you don’t want your first few sips to be heavy on the 151, although I actually prefer to drink it without the straw.

That’s it – the Lapu Lapu, which should come in at a 0 (or negligible) carb count.

KTK Pro Tip: Most folks don’t generally keep hollowed fresh pineapples around the house, so serve this in a Yeti Rambler 30 oz Tumbler half full of ice. The Yeti Tumbler helps keep it cool while you sip it. And yes, this is a sippin’ drink!

Aloha, and…Keep Ketoing The Kingdom, Kids!

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