Headhunter Cocktail

Headhunter Cocktail is based on the retro1960’s  tiki drink from  the Hawaii Kai restaurant,  with lime,  papaya, peach and  rum.
Headhunter Cocktail

Headhunter Cocktail

By Sue  Lau | Palatable Pastime

Headhunter Cocktail  is my  recipe of the day.  It had been meant to be shared with a blog team-up  for Halloween  cocktails  but it totally  slipped my mind. And I wasn’t able  to get it up until  tonight. So solo it is.

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Headhunter Cocktail

The Headhunter is a tiki drink  that was developed  by Mannie “Blackie” Andal at the Hawaii Kai restaurant in NYC  during  the sixties.

It seemed the  perfect drink for me  to make since I love fruit juice tiki drinks, And  the  theme  seemed to go perfectly with the  little Head-Light from  the Beetlejuice  movie  that I  grabbed at a Halloween store. I had been  in  about a month  ago  looking  for more  spider rings to use as  prop decor. I also  got an  ink pen  that looks like  a bloody syringe. Fun!

Headhunter Cocktail

This  is based on the original drink. I actually found the original formula  to taste like sour  gasoline. I toned  the  rum  way back (it also had 151  rum  in it). And didn’t futz around making honey syrup when  I could  get  by with sugar.

The  drink is  fine  for a boat drink  although I wouldn’t  score it  a ten. I am  huge on drinks  like the Scorpion. I think  this  with be  better  with a splash of creme  de banana but didn’t want to stray too too far from the original.

Play around with it and see what  you can do. Coconut  rum will also benefit. You  can punch up the rum  amounts  if you like more. And  if you go too far tone it back  by adding in fruit juice.

It’s fun to be  a mad scientist  at the bar.

Headhunter Cocktail

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Headhunter Cocktail

Headhunter Cocktail

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Beverages, Cocktails
Cuisine American, New York
Servings 1
Calories 189 kcal


  • 1-1/2 ounces papaya juice
  • 1 ounce peach nectar
  • 3/4 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces Demerara rum
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar or powdered sugar
  • 1 cup crushed ice (divided)


  • Place fruit juices and rum in a blender with half cup crushed ice and blend on high.
  • Pour into a cocktail glass with the remaining crushed ice.
  • Serve with a fruit garnish if desired.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com


Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 218IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Halloween, Retro, tiki
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One response

  1. Love that shrunken head and the cocktail sounds very tasty. Sorry you missed the link. I will add you to mine.

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