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Tiki for a Crowd: How to Make the Flaming Skull Punch Bowl from Polite Provisions

Close-up of a flaming punch bowl
The Flaming Skull Punch Bowl at Polite Provisions. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts

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.

Bartender pouring orange juice into jigger The Flaming Skull Punch Bowl at Polite Provisions is an amaro-spiked take on classic tiki flavors. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts

Bartender pouring syrup into a jigger Passionfruit syrup lends a tropical note to the drink and balances the bitterness of the amaro. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts

Bartender pouring from glass bottle into jigger Three different rums form the base of the punch: white, Jamaican, and black strap. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts

Bartender shaking a cocktail The rums, syrup, orgeat, juices and amaro are shaken together before going into the communal scorpion bowl. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts

Bartender pouring punch into a tiki bowl 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

Bartender pouring 151-proof rum into a volcano-shaped mouth of a bowl 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

Bartender holding a lit match to a bowl of rum Cue the fireworks in 3, 2, 1... Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts

Close-up of a flaming punch bowl Behold, the Flaming Skull Punch Bowl in all its glory. Photo: Jim Sullivan/Medium Raw Arts

The Flaming Skull Punch Bowl
  • 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.

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