The history of this drink began in the 1930s when Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt opened his first restaurant, called Don the Beachcomber. The restaurant was filled with souvenirs he brought back from the Caribbean and the South Pacific. The food and drinks he served were infused with quintessential Caribbean flavors. It was a little tropical paradise in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. This was the birth of Tiki cocktails. While you may think that the Beachcomber cocktail was also Gantt's invention, there is a version of the story that tells us that it was actually the Trader's Vic restaurant that first came up with this cocktail. We don't know for sure which of the two is true. But this is definitely a cocktail worth drinking!


  • ¾ part Senior Curaçao Liqueur (Triple Sec)
  • 2 parts Light rum
  • ¾ part Lime juice
  • 2 dashes Maraschino liqueur
  • ¼ tsp simple syrup (optional)
  • Ice cubes


  • Shaker
  • Sieve
  • Martini glass

How to prepare

Add the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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