During my last trip to Disney World I acquired a new favorite drink. I still love the frozen Grand Marnier Slushy, but the Lapu Lapu tops the list as my favorite drink.
The only problem is there is no place around where I live that serves drinks in pineapples, at least not that I have found. So I needed to see if I could make one as good as the one in Disney World, or almost as good (everything tastes better in Disney).
It didn’t take much convincing to get my husband on board to experiment with the pineapple drink. So we got some good looking pineapples at the store and hit the liquor store for some rum and sweet and sour mix. Then it was back home to see if we could recreate this drink.
I started by cutting off the tops of the pineapple, that would be the top for the drink. Then I started coring the pineapple. It wasn’t too bad getting the pineapple out, but it would be much easier to have a pineapple corer. I am going to purchase one, because I know this will not be the last time we make our own Lapu Lapus.
All the pineapple I cored I put into a strainer and placed it over a bowl to drain the juice. The fresh juice can be used in the Lapu Lapu and you should be able to drain enough for the drinks. That’s once less thing you have to buy for the drink.
Once the pineapples had a good amount of room for the drink (about 2 cups) we started mixing the drinks. We used shot glasses to measure the amounts of alcohol, sweet and sour mix, and juice we put into the drink.
Here are the measurements we used for the drink:
- Meyers Dark Rum: 2 shots
- Orange Juice: 3 shots
- Fresh Pineapple Juice: 2-3 shots (Depends on how strong you want it to taste)
- Sweet & Sour Mix: 1 shot
- Bacardi 151: 1 shot (on top of the drink, not mixed in)
On Disney’s website they use Gosling’s 151 in the Lapu Lapu, but we ended up going with Bacardi. We mixed the first four ingredients together and poured it in the pineapples, added ice, and then topped with the Bacardi. The last thing to do was cut a little triangle out of each of the pineapple tops so we had somewhere to put the straws.
Now for the important part, the taste test. We were both pretty happy with the way it came out. It is definitely a good substitute to hold you over until you can get back to the Polynesian Village Resort.
This drink was so easy to make, so there is a 100% chance that we will be making these again. This time I plan on adding a cherry on top of the triangle cut piece of pineapple and an umbrella. It is a tropical drink after all.
Next time we might try it with the Goslings 151 and get some more juice to use instead of the sweet & sour mix. It’s fun to experiment with different drink and food recipes from Disney World to see how close you can get it to the original!
Have you made your own Lapu Lapu?
Thanks for reading!