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Pearl Diver Cocktail

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The Pearl Diver Cocktail is a tropical drink that combines aged rum, demerara rum, gardenia mix, lime juice, orange juice, and a dash of Angostura bitters. It’s shaken with ice to create a refreshing, slightly sweet, and citrusy beverage. This cocktail is perfect for warm weather or anytime you want to enjoy a taste of the tropics.

Tasting Notes

The Pearl Diver Cocktail offers a rich and layered flavor experience. The aged rum provides a deep, molasses-like sweetness, complemented by the caramel notes of the demerara rum. The gardenia mix adds a floral and creamy element, while the lime and orange juices contribute a bright and tangy citrus flavor. The dash of Angostura bitters adds a subtle spiciness, rounding out the drink’s complexity. The overall taste is well-balanced, with a refreshing finish.

Pearl Diver Cocktail

Pearl Diver Cocktail

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  • 1.5 oz aged rum
  • 0.5 oz demerara rum
  • 0.5 oz gardenia mix
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz orange juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 4 oz ice


  1. In a blender add all your ingredients, including the ice. Blend until smooth.
  2. Strain into a tiki mug or Pearl Diver glass, and top with crushed ice.


This can be left as a smoothie if you like.

The original gardenia mix is a complex butter-spice mix that is usually made at home, but is very fickle to make, store, and use. There are plenty of tutorials online on how to stabilize the original recipe, so check those out.

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Tips & Tricks

Enhance the tropical feel by adding a small amount of coconut cream for a richer, creamier texture.

Add an extra dash or two of Angostura bitters for more complexity and depth.

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