Our quest to create the most decadent drink in the world, one using all four horsemen of the health apocalypse — alcohol, cholesterol, sugar, and salt — took a great leap forward recently, when Randy Wong of the band Waitiki hipped us to Liko Lehua Fruit Flavored Butters.
Unlike other so-called fruit butters, the six flavors in the Lehua line (lilikoi, mango, guava, lime, pineapple, and coconut) actually have butter in them. Randy sent us the guava butter, with a note that the stuff might be worth trying in cocktails. We immediately thought of Don The Beachcomber’s Mystery Gardenia, an iced drink blended with a mixture of honey and butter. Why not sub the guava butter for the honey butter and see what happened?
What happened was a rich, tart, bracing cocktail that was worth every inch it added to our waistline. It tasted even better with the lilikoi (a.k.a. passion fruit) butter. We then tried plugging the lime, pineapple, mango, and coconut butters into the same formula, but none of them hit the high notes of the lilikoi and guava.
However, the coconut butter was such a luscious experience on its own that we felt obligated to find it a home in another drink. Again, we didn’t have to look far: subbing the coconut butter for coconut cream in a Pina Colada did the trick. We don’t even like Pina Coladas, but we couldn’t stop drinking this one until we actually felt our arteries jamming.
The recipes (see below to order the fruit butters):
LIKO NO KA OI
Into your blender place 3/4 ounce Liko Lehua lilikoi or guava butter (whichever flavor you’re partial to), 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice, 1 1/2 ounces white Puerto Rican rum, a dash of Angostura bitters, and 4 ounces (1/2 cup) crushed ice. Blend at high speed for at least 30 seconds. Strain through a fine-mesh wire sieve into a cocktail glass (pictured above).
In your blender place 4 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice, 2 ounces white Puerto Rican rum, 1 ounce Liko Lehua coconut butter, and 8 ounces (1 cup) crushed ice. Blend at high speed for 10 seconds. Pour unstrained into a tall glass.