Polynesian Pearl Diver

The polynesian pearl diver is a delicious and refreshing cocktail. We'll teach you the recipe and tell you some funny stories about it.
polynesian pearl driver


  • Puerto Rican Rum: 1.5 oz
  • Jamaican Rum: 0.5 oz
  • Demerara Rum: 0.5 oz
  • Orange juice: 0.75 oz
  • Lime juice: 0.75 oz
  • Pearl Diver Mix (see “How to make Pearl Diver Mix” below): 0.75 oz
  • Velvet falernum: 1 barspoon
  • Crushed Ice

Preferred Equipment

How to Make

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender
  2. Blend on high for 20-30 seconds or until a smooth consistency
  3. Pour into a tiki mug
  4. Garnish with an orange slice, cherry, banana leaf, or orchid
  5. Serve with a straw


The Polynesian Pearl Diver has a long and storied history. This cocktail was created in the early 1900s by a man named Donn Beach. Beach was an American who moved to Tahiti in search of adventure. While in Tahiti, he opened a bar called Don the Beachcomber. This bar became very popular with tourists, and it is here that the polynesian pearl diver was created.

There are many stories about how this cocktail came to be. One story says that Beach was inspired by the pearls that were found in Tahitian waters. Another story claims that the drink was named after a group of female pearl divers who worked in Tahiti. Whatever the true story is, one thing is for sure: the polynesian pearl diver is a delicious and refreshing cocktail that will make any occasion special. Fun fact, Leonardo Dicaprio ordered a polynesian pearl diver in the movie Django Unchained. 

So, there you have it! The polynesian pearl diver cocktail recipe. Be sure to give this delicious drink a try the next time you are looking for something new to mix up. 

How to Make Pearl Diver Mix

Mix together 1 oz unsalted butter, 1 oz honey, 1 teaspoon simple syrup, dash cinnamon, 0.5 tsp of vanilla and 0.5 tsp of allspice dram. The mixture should hold for up to one week in the refrigerator.

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