The basic ingredients of a Caribou Lou cocktail are pineapple and rum. So, it is sort of a fruit based drink.
But, do not be fooled by its sweetness.This stuff can hit you more than most other types of alcohol. The track “Caribou Lou” by Tech-N9ne in the year 2006 was what made this drink so popular among the crowds.
Caribou Lou is a drink from Quebec that is a province in Canada. Due to the experimentation done by alcohol and drinks lovers, you can surely make this drink at home if you like. However, it also also available in a readymade form that is made by SAQ or Societe des alcools du Quebec, which is a corporation at the provincial level in Canada.
What I like about this drink it that it knows no seasonal boundaries. Be it the heat of summers, the chilly evenings in winter, or the cool breeze of spring, Caribou Lou will lift your spirits up in all seasons alike.
If you ask me where this drink got its name from, I won’t really be able to help you. It is not an uncommon thing to be found in the history of drinks, that no one can really tell about their origin. Some people can only make guesses about where and how it started but those accounts cannot really be taken seriously.
But, I can say that it sure did become quite popular within a few days because of the track by Tech-N9ne. The lyrics that created quite are rage also talk about how to make this drink and the aftereffects of it:
“Half a bottle of 151
Off of the jug one cup of Malibu rum
Baby that’s what’s up
Then you fill the rest of the jug
With pineapple juice, and it’s cracking
The only defect is waking up like ‘what happened?’”
Why is Caribou Lou a Hot Favorite?
If you are a person who loves to drink, then you cannot miss this drink. Throwing a party? Include a Caribou Lou shot on the menu and watch your friends have the craziest of parties. However, someone needs to stay sober and help the others out.
This drink just looks and tastes sweet. It is anything but that. Responsible drinking is the first thing to be kept on your mind if you are trying this drink.
Caribou Lou has been talked about so much that it shows how much people love having it. And when you see that there is a song about a drink, you know it is going to be super cool.
Plus, when we consider the effectiveness of the alcohol in the drink, the Caribou Lou is pretty powerful. The fact that it tastes so good, makes people drink it till the point that they should ideally stop but they just can’t.
The rush of the alcohol and the awesome taste together contribute in making this drink the best ever drink. And, coming to the point when you should stop yourself from drinking more, technically you can always stop. So, as I keep repeating, know when to stop!
If one a scale of one to ten, you would ask me how popular is this drink, then I would rate it 11. And judging by the number of times you will make this drink once you know the recipe, I can guarantee that it will soon be on the top of your alcohol charts.
Preferences of Ingredients
People often use any type of overproof rum in the Caribou Lou mixed drink and a hot-favorite is Bacardi 151. But of course, you are free to use any kind that you have with you.
If we come to Malibu rum, the condition is the same, although, I would not really prefer Malibu rum. I would suggest that you try Parrot Bay Coconut Rum or Cruzan Coconut Rum if at all you have to try something different.
The temperature of this drink depends on what weather you want to drink it in. So, it is really up to you whether you want to serve it cold or hot. Personally, I love it so much that I can have it either way and the choice is really difficult. If you are familiar with how mulled wine tastes like, then you will like to have Caribou Lou with cinnamon or a hint of citrus.
Some people would also vote for nutmeg and cloves when it comes to adding a bit extra to their drink.
To be honest, there is no end to experimenting with drinks, especially when it is one of your favorite ones. There are so many variations but some commonly used basic ingredients are port wine or red wine, and hard liquor which people usually prefer to be white. So, it is the best when it is whisky but even rum or brandy will do.
If I have been able to stir up enough of your curiosity about the Caribou Lou drink, then you must be on your toes by now to try it. Well, don’t you worry child, I have got a plan for you! Why go out and pay a lot for this exotic drink? Just try making this at home and I will tell you what, you will prepare it like a pro.
All you need to do is read this article. Sounds simple, right? After drinking, what happens is not to be blamed on me though, which is why I always suggest caution because I know what effects this cocktail can have on people. So, easy there friend.
Get your Caribou Lou ingredients right
Here are the ingredients that you need to stir up a surprisingly strong drink:
- 1½ fl oz of 151 overproof Rum
- 1 fl oz of Coconut Rum
- 5 fl oz of Pineapple Juice
- 2 dash of Angostura Bitters
- 1 pinch of Nutmeg
Master the Perfect Caribou Lou Recipe
To prepare the perfect mixture of Malibu and pineapple drink, it is best if you have a shaker. Pour that exact quantities of rum, pineapple juice, and coconut rum, that we mentioned earlier, into the shaker. Pour some ice according to your taste as well and then shake that juicer!
And, it is ready.
Yes, it is that easy to make. This is definitely nowhere close to rocket science. However, the tricky part is to drink it in a proper way. Do not overstep your limits because this drink is stronger than you think.
After you are done with the mixing, you can use any sort of glass to pour it in. I prefer a Collins glass or a highball glass and top it with some ice cubes. Do not forget to stir it one last time. Use a clean cut piece of pineapple to make it look nicer and give you the perfect beach vibe. If you like cherries, you can use that as well.
There is an alternative recipe as well, that is, though not very popular, is still drunk by a lot of people. It is made in the form of shots that are also quick to be made and small in size. Here is the simplest way to make a Caribou Lou shot:
- Take 151-proof rum and pour a shot of it
- Mix one shot of Malibu rum with it
- Then finally add three shots of fresh pineapple juice
- Your Caribou Shot is ready to drink!
In both the recipes, you do not really need to have a great quantity of the ingredients. Having just the right amounts will do.
Fun Facts About the Effects
So, here’s the deal…I have seen people get wasted after having this drink. But, that only happens to people who take this drink lightly and drink a lot more than they should. I talked a to a few friends and they narrated experiences of people they know who have tried a Caribou Lou cocktail.
Some start violently puking the next day and have a disastrous hangover. Most people do not remember a single thing that happened the night when they drank this cocktail.
One of my friends told me that this person she knows, found herself in a totally different house, in a different city the next day after she drank a Caribou Lou cocktail. A lot of people cannot control their urge to have more and more of this drink because it tastes so good. But, no! Do not get swayed by the taste. You do not want a hangover wrenching your guts out the next day.
There was this other incident where a friend of mine drank too many shots of Caribou Lou, started cursing everyone in the room and then left the house in the middle of the night. We tried to follow up with her and found her passed out in a neighbor’s garden, and there was vomit all around her.
She was so adamant when we tried to pick her up. She kept mumbling and would not budge. We somehow had to get her back home, which we did, but you don’t want to be there!
Judging by the experiences I have recounted, I guess you have enough hints to steer clear of drinking a lot of this drink. It is quite fun and can be the next thing in your parties but only if you know how to handle your drink. I don’t think that lying in your puke or ending up in someone else’ bedroom is on your priority list right now!
A Spin Off From Caribou Lou
Just a fun fact about this drink…Tech N9ne and Boulevard Brewing Co. have collaborated on a project to come up with a new beer that is called Bou Lou. And guess what? It has taken its inspiration from the songs about Caribou Lou that was sung by the rapper of Kansas City.
Since then, teasers have been taken out by the rapper on social media sites. One of his famous tweets that was done a while back had a video where he was rapping near barrels in the Kansas City brewery.
Know a little about Bou Lou
Bou Lou beer is a type of wheat beer that is unfiltered. The basic flavors are pineapple and coconut, which is basically in tandem with the original recipe of Caribou Lou that is talked about in the song. I won’t say that the beer will be this new age drink that will create a revolution. It is more or less very wheat like in its flavor.
But, the first sip is great because you can literally feel the taste of coconut on your tongue. And the pineapple flavor will totally give you the right kind of tropical feels. Even for those who are not fans of beer, Bou Lou will taste good because of the hint of pineapple.
Bou Lou beer comes in cans that are 16-ounce tall and the base color is black. The logo of Strange Music is on the can along with sleek snakes, highlighting the back background.
There are glittery designs and pineapples to go with the essence of the drink. “Made in Kansas City” are very clearly printed on the can. So, thumbs up for the packaging and I would suggest you guys to try this beer out as well on a warm summer afternoon.
Cool it down!
If you are wondering about the alcohol content in the beer, well, I have all the details noted down. By volume, the percentage of alcohol is 5.5% so you won’t just trip over it and forget where you were before you drank it. But well, that is how beer is meant to be. It is not supposed to mess up with your memory.
So, be it Caribou Lou or Bou Lou, which I like to think as the milder sister of Caribou Lou, you will love them both. I definitely prefer the cocktail any day and so will any cocktail lover I think. Once you try the cocktail and earn those extra pats on your back, you can come back and thank me later. Have fun people!