1 oz Puerto Rican Rum (gold)
1 1⁄2 oz Sarsaparilla soda (or root beer)
1⁄2 oz Falernum
1⁄2 oz Simple syrup
1⁄2 oz Lime juice
1 ds Grenadine
6 dr Herbal liqueur, Pernod (or absinthe)
1 spg Mint (as garnish)

Blend at high speed for 5 seconds or under, pour unstrained into something tall and add ice to top. Garnish.


Martin Doudoroff, in his Tiki+ app, speculates that the sarsaparilla may be a nod to the soda fountains of Don's youth. I think they may be inspired by the mauby (sometimes "mavi") tree bark-based sodas popular throughout the Caribbean, which share flavor notes in common with sarsaparillas and root beers.

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Don the Beachcomber.
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authentic recipe

Jeff Berry, Beachbum Berry's Sippin' Safari, p. 36.

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  • 6/13/20: Made as written except omitted grenadine (didn't have) and simple syrup (sweet enough without). Quite tasty. Might increase lime to 0.75 oz and/or reduce root beer to 1 oz.
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KC still won't let me input "almond extract" as an ingredient--it automatically adds "syrup" after I type "almond."