You can’t talk about rum and its post-prohibition popularity without mentioning the name Ernest Beaumont-Gantt.
“Ummm…Who?” you may ask.
Gantt, better known as Donn Beach, was one of the pioneers of the Tiki phenomenon of the 1940s and 50s. He opened a successful Hollywood restaurant, Don the Beachcomber, and concocted such famed drinks as the Zombie.
It seemed more than appropriate to dedicate a post today to Donn Beach as today is National Rum Day; Beach’s cocktails turned the rum category from the foreign and exotic to something of a staple. So today, I’m offering up the Beachcomber cocktail as a fitting Tiki tribute to Donn Beach.
Beachcomber (from our friend Robert Plotkin’s recipe database at AmericanCocktails.com)
1 ½ oz. Light Rum
¾ oz. Raspberry Liqueur
½ oz. Triple Sec (I use Hiram Walker)
½ oz. Rose’s Lime Juice
1 ½ oz. lemon sour mix
Pour the ingredients into an iced mixing glass. Shake and strain into a specialty glass with ice. Garnish with a limed wedge.