The Pearl Diver comes to us from one of the one of the founders of tiki, Don the Beachcomber, by way of Jeff “Beach Bum” Berry who revived both the vintage drink—a sort of tropical iced Hot Buttered Rum—and its signature, ribbed glassware. Like most tiki drinks, this is not a recipe you can simply throw together. Aside from the specialty glass, it also calls for Don’s Gardenia Mix, a blend of whipped butter, sugar and spices, and three different rums. But we promise, it’s worth the time and the effort.
- Add all ingredients except for the garnish to a blender, beginning with the Gardenia Mix, then blend for about 20 seconds.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a Pearl Diver glass (if you have one) or a tiki mug. Garnish with a banana or pineapple leaf.
- Using a hand or stand mixer, cream the butter with honey.
- Incorporate the rest of the ingredients.
- Store for up to 1 week.
The Zombie — or Skull Puncher, as it’s also known — is the handiwork of Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, better known as tiki guru Don the Beachcomber, who is said to have whipped one up for the benefit of a Hollywood bar patron in serious need of some hair of the dog back in the 1930s. The guest reportedly returned later complaining that the p...