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Sumatra Kula

Joined: Dec 29, 2004
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Posted: 2004-12-29 10:12 am   Permalink

Several tiki histories mention that one of the first drinks served at Don the Beachcomber's in Los Angeles was a Sumatra Kula. (It cost 25.)

But I haven't found a recipe for it - it's not in Beachbum Berry's two books, or in the Don the Beachcomber book by Arnold Bitner and Phoebe Beach, or others.

Anyone know what was in it?

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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1919
Posted: 2010-06-02 9:20 pm   Permalink

1/2oz lime juice
1/2oz grapefruit juice
1/2oz orange juice
1 1/2 oz light puerto rican rum ( or Cuban) Sshhh Bacardi
1/4oz honey melted with 1/4oz water
put in blender adding 3oz crushed ice
blend for five seconds


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Rum Balls
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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
Posts: 894
From: Da Big Island
Posted: 2010-06-03 07:08 am   Permalink

You musn't have "Sippin' Safari" then...that's where the recipe is.

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Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1347
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2010-06-20 10:08 am   Permalink

As with all Beachcomber recipes, this one apparently went through several revisions over the years. Shown on one menu costing $1.20, it lists the following ingredients: "Mellow, Old Philippine Rum, native wild berry liqueur, and juice of a lime."

I'm curious as to what the wild berry liqueur was.

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Hurricane Hayward
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Joined: Jun 07, 2008
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2012-04-10 4:55 pm   Permalink

You can still order a Sumatra Kula that follows the vintage recipe at the Tiki-Ti in Hollywood, open since 1961.

And The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale has had a version of the drink called the Malayan Mist on its menu since 1956.

For more of the history of this classic, click here:

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Joined: Mar 29, 2004
Posts: 167
From: Command Records International HQ
Posted: 2014-03-30 2:57 pm   Permalink

The Tiki Ti Sumatra Kula is a gorgeous bright green, and tastes great! I asked Mike Jr. a couple nights ago, and he said it was some secret Green Passion Fruit syrup. I don't think it's the Fee Bros, since that stuff has a not-so-subtle phony mint flavor; maybe it's the green fassionola. Or it could be some homemade stuff. Or he could be throwing a green red herring in my path.

Other than the green look the Tiki Ti version of the Sumatra Kula is similar in flavor to their other family of "Kula" drinks: QB Kula, Planters Kula, Barbados Kula. Probably the same base of juices and sweeteners with a variance in the rum selection. An ambitious Tiki Ti regular could probably backwards engineer them all using the known recipes that are out there and tweaking appropriately

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Little fragrant Tiare
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Joined: Oct 12, 2007
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Posted: 2014-04-01 09:04 am   Permalink

That was interesting, i`d love to know what that green (?) passionfruit syrup is...how can a passion fruit syrup be green btw? normal passion fruit color is orange...sounds delicious tho! and i like green drinks...

Also, does anyone know what the "kula" means or where it comes from?

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