Tiki Drink Recipe: Uh Oa!

This Tiki Mug Monday we decided to put our Trader Sam's Uh Oa! bowl to use in an attempt to recreate its signature drink.  Based on the menu, the drink contains:  "Light and Dark Rums, Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava, Pineapple, Grapefruit Juices, Falernum, Cinnamon, and fresh Lime Juice."  The biggest difference between our recipe and what they describe on the menu is that we used passion fruit syrup instead of juice.  Oh, and we forgot the pineapple juice (oops).  If you want to include it, we would sub 1 oz. of pineapple juice for 1 oz. of the falernum.  We decided to try to find the ideal proportions of the ingredients by referencing the Chief Lapu Lapu recipe (one of our favorite drinks we've made yet).  After some adjusting and tasting, here's what we came up with (we think it tastes very similar)...

Combine the following: 

  • 2 oz. dark Jamaican rum 
  • 2 oz. light Puerto Rican rum 
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. falernum
  • 2 oz. passion fruit syrup 
  • 2 oz. guava juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. grapefruit juice 

Mix all ingredients and combine with ice in a tiki bowl (the Uh Oa! bowl from Trader Sam's is the obvious vessel of choice).  Garnish with some maraschino cherries.  If you've got the Uh Oa! bowl, put some cinnamon in the designated spots around the edges of the bowl.  

Now for some pyrotechnics! 

Rest half of a lime on top of the ice (you need to make sure there's enough ice so it doesn't sink).  Add a stack of 5 sugar cubes on top.  Soak the sugar cubes in 151.  Light on fire!  Word of warning: if you do this in a bright location, you might not see the flame that easily.  Make sure you don't touch the top of the drink assuming that it never caught on fire.  Double check and if the sugar is sizzling, it's on fire.

As for the special effects, sprinkle cinnamon on top of the flame for some sparks!  If you want to feel like you're at Trader Sam's, chant, "Uh Oa!, Uh Oa!, Uh Oa, Oa, Oa!"  Wait until the fire goes out and submerge the lime & sugar cubes into the drink for some extra flavor.  In case you haven't noticed, this is a big one, so you're probably best off splitting it with someone.  

Try it out and let us know what you think!  Enjoy!