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Pearl Diver Cocktail Recipe

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Beachbum Berry reveals the secret recipe for this 1950s-era tiki classic.

In 2007, Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari revealed the long-secret recipes for a number of classic tiki concoctions such as the Pearl Diver, a 1950s-era drink from Polynesian-style pioneer Don the Beachcomber.


  • 1 1/2 oz. gold Puerto Rican rum
  • 1/2 oz. demerara rum
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. Don’s gardenia mix
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • Tools:blender, fine strainer
  • Glass:Pearl Diver glass, or other tall, decorative glass
  • Garnish:banana leaf or pineapple leaf


Combine ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 20 seconds. Strain through a mesh strainer into a glass and add fresh crushed ice to fill. Garnish.

Don’s Gardenia MixUsing a spatula or an electric kitchen mixer, cream 1 oz. of honey with 1 oz. of softened, unsalted butter; add 1 tsp. of cinnamon syrup, 1/2 tsp. of vanilla syrup and 1/2 tsp. of allspice liqueur. Refrigerate the remainder for up to 1 week.

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