Tiki for a Crowd: How to Make the Flaming Skull Punch Bowl from Polite Provisions
One of three communal drinks on the menu at San Diego's Polite Provisions, the Flaming Skull Punch Bowl is a sight to behold: a scorpion bowl filled with a three-rum punch, garnished with orchid petals and topped off with a small volcano spouting a 151-fueled flame. Erick Castro created the punch as an homage to classic tiki, but with an unexpected twist: "From dissecting old tiki books, I noticed that they never seemed to have any amaro in them," he says. "Because of that, I decided to take an amaro that was just screaming to be mixed with rum and passion fruit."
Designed for sharing and perfect for festive groups, the Flaming Skull is more than just a cool-looking bowl served aflame: its flavors are a robust melange of tropical fruit and Caribbean spice. "It is guaranteed to get the party rolling," Castro says.
The Flaming Skull Punch Bowl at Polite Provisions is an amaro-spiked take on classic tiki flavors. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts
Passionfruit syrup lends a tropical note to the drink and balances the bitterness of the amaro. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts
Three different rums form the base of the punch: white, Jamaican, and black strap. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts
The rums, syrup, orgeat, juices and amaro are shaken together before going into the communal scorpion bowl. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts
After shaking, the final product is poured over crushed ice: a communal drink with both tropical fruit and Caribbean spice. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts
Of course, no party is complete without fire tricks. A half-ounce of 151 is poured into the mouth of the bowl to fuel a volcano-like flame. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts
Cue the fireworks in 3, 2, 1... Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts
Behold, the Flaming Skull Punch Bowl in all its glory. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts
- 2 oz Jamaican Rum
- 2 oz White Rum
- 1 oz Black Strap Rum
- 1 oz Angostura Amaro
- 1.5 oz Lime Juice
- 1.5 oz Orange Juice
- 1.5 oz Orgeat
- 1 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
Whip all ingredients with 2 oz of crushed ice, then pour into a scorpion bowl over fresh crushed ice. Garnish with orchids and lime wheels, and finish by igniting .5 oz of 151 proof rum in the mouth of the volcano at the center of the bowl.