|The Hula-Hula is indistinguishable|
from the Walters as long as you
don't smell or taste it
Why bring this up? I’m glad I asked. It is because we often try to determine the origin of a drink in order to both inform ourselves and our 7 other daily readers. Most of the time we either can’t find it or it turns out to be kind of boring so we don’t bother sharing it. Sometimes it turns out to be boring and we share it anyway. Boring or not, today is one of the days we learned something about our drink, the Hula-Hula Cocktail. According to the Mr. Boston guide, the Hula-Hula Cocktail is composed of gin, orange juice, and simple syrup. According to almost every other site on the Internet, it is not. All of those sites list the ingredients as gin, orange juice, and orange liqueur. This is almost as controversial as the “Tastes Great / Less Filling” controversy of 1977 that almost tore our country apart.
Ray Buhen some time in the 1930s. Ray later started his own bar, the Tiki-Ti. The Tiki-Ti web site includes the following on its home page: “FOR BEST VIEWING PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR POP-UP BLOCKER”. If that doesn’t entice you to visit, the site also requires QuickTime, Realplayer, and Flash. This is why you rarely see both “mixologist” and “web designer” on the same resume. After closing down all the pop-ups and un-muting our computer, it was time to try the drink. We stuck with the good ol’ Mr. Boston recipe. This was wise, because the Hula-Hula Cocktail turned out to be pretty darn good. If you dislike gin you should probably stay away from this one, though, since that is the predominant flavor. The orange juice and simple syrup add a touch of sweetness that is unusual for a gin drink but it was nice. Mrs. Bottle actually liked it a little more than I did, which is also unusual for a gin drink.The drink was invented by