The Lusca was a giant, octopus-like sea monster of Caribbean legend, which prowled the tropical waters, sinking the good ships of colonial rum merchants. Though it surely caused some rum-based tragedies back then, it went on to inspire a modern day rum revelation. This punch from Rob McShea of Miss B’s Coconut Club in San Diego, is a wealth of three different rums, amped up by nutty nocello liqueur, tropical fruits, grapefruit beer and guava-mango kombucha. McShea sees the kombucha as a natural extension of the historic tradition of using teas to fill out punches, adding that, “The kombucha adds a natural but tart fruit flavor and an effervescence through natural carbonation, which helps layer flavors without saturating it with sweetness.”
At the bar, McShea serves the bubbly punch in an octopus-shaped punch bowl, enshrouded in a dry ice mist. But made at home, it’s equally delicious presented simply in a basic bowl or pitcher.