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Does anyone know what Pearl Diver's Mix is?
The Ragin' Rarotongan
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Posted: 2007-06-21 1:06 pm   Permalink

I wasn't able to make Hukilau this year, but my friend brought me back chapter 4 of Beachbum Berry's new book Sippin' Safari. In the book it has the origional drink recipe for the Pearl Diver's Punch, and it calls for 3/4 oz of pearl diver mix(says same as coffee grog batter) This recipe is from Don the Beachcomber. Thanks

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Posted: 2007-06-21 1:42 pm   Permalink

Coffee Grog Batter from "Sippin' Safari":
Cream 1 ounce softened sweet (unsalted) butter and 1 ounce ornage blossom honey with 1 teaspoon cinnamon-infused sugar syrup and 1/2 teaspoon each vanilla syrup and pimento liqueur.



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Posted: 2007-07-24 10:55 am   Permalink

Pearl Diver has become my new favorite drink; however, it requires a 1/2 ounce mix made of 5 different syrups and ingredients. This mix is what make the Peal Diver so absolutely wonderful. But, for the ordinary Tiki Mixologist, some of the ingredients are no where on hand. So, I contacted Jeff Berry and forwarded to him my own thoughts about short-cutting the recipe in order to obtain similar results.

1/4 oz honey
1/4 oz butter
1 tsp simple syrup
1/8 or less tsp of cinnamon
dash of freshly ground allspice and a
few drops of vanilla

heated, stirred, and shaken before being added to the blender.

Here's what he said, "As long as you can taste all the "notes" of cinnamon, allspice and vanilla, I don't see any reason why you couldn't sub your mix. (The simple syrup and vanilla extract should do the trick for the vanilla syrup; if you're not tasting the cinnamon and allspice, just add more...)"

I've been doing this now for a couple of days and the drink is unlike any other Tiki dirink I've either had or made myself. I drop a maraschino cherry in it to simulate a pearl.

It's a great drink.



 
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Posted: 2007-08-04 01:52 am   Permalink

The other night, TofuJoe had the good folks behind the bar at Forbidden Island whip up a Pearl Diver's Punch - I think Haole Akamai had made up some coffee grog batter. And man oh man was it good! Pretty soon we were all drinking Pear Diver's Punch! Similar to a Don The Beachcomber Nui Nui, most likely due to the Pimento Liqueur. I will definitely be ordering this drink again!
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Posted: 2015-05-17 10:08 am   Permalink

I'm highjacking an old thread to see if there are any botanists out there who know what the leaf is that garnished the Don the Beachcomber Pearl Diver. See illustration below.




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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2015-05-17 2:40 pm   Permalink

It very much looks like the edible leaf of the Stinging Nettle
due to the heart shaped leaf, also it is safe to serve as a garnish.




 
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Posted: 2015-05-17 3:39 pm   Permalink

Hey! I think you're right! A nettle leaf. Thanks ATP!



 
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Posted: 2015-05-19 5:09 pm   Permalink

If the drawing is accurate, I think you're looking for a more perfectly heart-shaped leaf than that nettle, and with less pronounced serrations.
One possibility is a species of trees, the Tilia, also called Linden, Basswood or "Lime" (but not to be confused with citrus). Here are leaves of the Small-leaved Lime (Tilia cordata), which are apparently edible:


Here is the leaf of the American Lime, or Basswood (Tulia americana), also edible:


Again, if the drawing is right, we may be looking for a leaf with a longer stem than these. Upon further reading, it seemed this tree would struggle in the warmth of much of California. So maybe a vine or tree more suited to California? But then I ran across references to 100+ year old specimens in California, after all.
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Source for the photos, above.)

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Posted: 2015-05-20 08:39 am   Permalink

Both this thread, and Beachbum Berry's new Pearl Diver glasses pushed me into making a Pearl Diver for the first time last night. That's a pretty labor intensive cocktail if you're making everything from scratch! Nice texture though.

 
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arriano
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Posted: 2015-05-20 08:43 am   Permalink

Thanks Limbo. That does look closer to the drawing than the nettle leaf. You would think that it would have to be a plant in easy supply in order to garnish a lot of Pearl Divers, assuming it was a popular cocktail at Don's. Since it's rather an unusual garnish, I would think that the leaf would have some kind of connection to the name of the cocktail, or one of the ingredients.


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Posted: 2015-05-21 10:29 pm   Permalink

I also see that leaves of violets look similar and are apparently edible as well. Plus they have long stems.




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Posted: 2015-05-22 06:36 am   Permalink

Arriano, I think you've found your answer - violet leaves are much more likely than the tree leaves I suggested. They're easy to grow - they might have been in pots or flower beds, at the McCadden Place location, giving Don the idea.
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Posted: 2015-05-22 3:44 pm   Permalink

I always had it in my head that the leaf garnish should be a geranium leaf - the Skin Diver recipe from the Tiki+ app calls for one:





But I figure any non toxic leaf that you have in plentiful supply would be good


 
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Posted: 2015-05-22 3:57 pm   Permalink

This just came in the mail.... this thread is perfect timing.. guess what i am making tonight.. lol

The side of the box says " garnish with a geranium leaf "



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Posted: 2015-05-22 5:17 pm   Permalink

Let me check with The Mai-Kai. It's possible they still have an original recipe on file that mentions the garnish. As we know, many of these were direct copies of Don the Beachcomber drinks.



Pearl Diver = Deep Sea Diver
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/09/21/mai-kai-cocktail-review-legacy-of-this-classic-drink-runs-deep/

Of course, it's likely that other restaurants did their own versions with different garnish.

CongoPete: I'd love to see a photo of the drink in the new glass. I can't wait to get mine at The Hukilau. Tiare has a nice one up on her blog:
http://www.amountainofcrushedice.com/?p=21460

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