Tiki Drink: Don’s Special Daiquiri

Don's Special Daiquiri
This is the first new Tiki drink I made in the calendar Tiki Month, so I’ll blog it first, even though it is hardly the best I’ve tried so far.
Don’s Special Daiquiri is on first examination a near perfect Tiki variant on the Gospel of Rum, the classic Daiquiri cocktail. It uses multiple rums, the sugar is replaced with honey, and Tiki standard passionfruit is added to the mix. Very Tiki. Also, not very good.
Here’s the recipe as presented by the Bum in Remixed:


  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz honey mix
  • 1/2 oz passionfruit syrup
  • 1/2 oz light rum
  • 1 1/2 oz gold Jamaican rum

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

I didn’t read the background, or really look at the ratios here before making it, or I’d have been expecting the near cloying sweetness we encountered at the first and subsequent sips. If you deconstruct the recipe, you end up with a strong, sour, sweet ratio of roughly 4-1-2, with fairly gentle strong, and pretty robust sweet elements. My default for Sour-type drinks is 3-1-1, which may or may not be a bit much for some of you, but I wager that this recipe’s balance will feel off for most everyone.

The recipe is of 1970’s vintage, which could explain the severe sweetness two ways:

  1. People in the 70’s had awful taste in cocktails. I doubt I will get much of a fight on this one.
  2. These proportions were actually meant to be served as a smooth-blended Icee style drink. The addition of a ton of blended ice would cut the sweetness a lot.

Could the Bum have missed something in his research? More likely, the ratios were constructed because #2 was intended, but the staff was mistakenly told it was to be served Up, and no one noticed because… #1.

But underneath all that gooeyness, the flavors are trying to dance a good figure. I tried again, closer to my usual preferred balance, by changing both the honey mix and passionfruit to generous quarter ounces instead of halves. It is better. Much better.

But it still has no business wearing Don the Beachcomber’s name. Anyone else worked over this one, and come up with the right proportions? I’m sure they are in there to be discovered, I just have to move on. Lots to do this Tiki Month!

And hey! This post is part of Tiki Month 2013 here at the Pegu Blog! Be sure to look around for LOTS more Tiki stuff all February!


  1. Tiare

    6 February

    Funny post (about the 70s) make me think about how far we have come and that also we the cocktail bloggers have a part in it too.

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  2. Doug, check out my review of The Mai-Kai’s version of this drink, the Special Reserve Daiquiri. It’s one of Beachbum Berry’s favorites, so it’s worth exploring why. My theory is that besides the beautiful ice shell (perhaps a future Tiki Month exploration?) I believe it contains a healthy 2 ounces of Appleton Estate Extra, not a shabby rum. It’s still on the sweet side, thanks to the fassionola (perhaps another future Tiki Month exploration?), but the rum really does make this drink.

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  3. NZ

    25 May

    The rum does make the drink- I would know.

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