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Boo Loo in a Pineapple

When it comes to tiki drinks, nothing beats a rummy concoction served in a memorable container. Such is the case with this classic mid-century drink, the Boo Loo in a Pineapple. This week there was a surplus of pineapples in the kitchen, so I thought it high time to extol the virtues of this venerable libation.

As with most of my tiki drink recipes, this one comes from esteemed tiki drink expert Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. The recipe appears in a variety of locations, but you can get it (and a ton more) right on your iPhone with the Tiki+ iPhone app. Alternatively, you can pick up a copy of BeachBum Berry Remixed. Either way, you win.

Now let’s get down to business!


  • A whole ripe pineapple
  • A few small chunks of said pineapple
  • 2.5 oz  pineapple juice
  • 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1.25 oz honey mix (1:1 honey & water)
  • .75 oz dark Jamaican rum
  • .75 oz Lemon Hart 151 Demerara rum
  • 1.5 oz Demerara rum
  • 1.5 oz Gold Puerto Rican rum
  • 1.5 oz club soda


  • Using a sharp knife cut the top off of the pineapple and reserve for garnish.
  • Using a VacuVin pineapple corer, remove the fruit from the pineapple, making sure to leave several inches at the bottom to ensure you don’t get leaks. You also need to be careful to keep the sides intact, but don’t worry, this device is ridiculously easy to use. (If you’re thinking that pineapple corers are stupid, I get where you’re coming from–I used to think so, too. Then I got one and it changed my life forever. Just buy one–they’re seriously awesome and only cost about $10.)
  • Reserve the juice for use in the drink and set aside a few fresh chunks.
  • Fill pineapple shell with crushed ice.
  • Place pineapple chunks, lime juice, pineapple juice and honey into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the blended mixture into the pineapple.
  • Pour rums into the pineapple and top with soda, then stir until the mixture is chilled.
  • Place a straw (or two–this thing is big and potent) into the pineapple and partially cover with the pineapple top.
  • Enjoy!
The Boo Loo is a drink that looks playful, but packs a serious punch.  You can adjust the sweetness with more honey mix if you like, just don’t plan on driving anywhere for quite a while after having this bad boy!

Do you have a favorite drink with an unusual presentation? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.


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