Beachcomber Cocktail

Beachcomber Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
366 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 366
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 36mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The beachcomber is a fun and simple rum cocktail that offers an interesting mix of flavors which are most enjoyable on summer evenings. This drink is best described as a maraschino-flavored daiquiri. Despite only using a small amount of maraschino liqueur, the dry cherry taste comes to the forefront of this otherwise transparent drink, giving it a nice, lively touch.

The original beachcomber was printed in "Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide" (1947). That recipe called for the ​blended cocktail with more lime and less maraschino. This shaken version is Gary "Gaz" Regan's reinterpretation of the drink from his book, "The Joy of Mixology." Since most beachcomber variations use the same ingredients, it's fun to discover which you like best or revise it yourself to suit your taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces light rum

  • 1 ounce triple sec

  • 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the rum, triple sec, maraschino, and lime juice.

  3. Fill with ice, and shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

Tips

  • Be sure to choose a premium rum for this cocktail because the drink's light flavors will not mask any impurities in the spirit. You want to enhance the fruits with the rum, not bring them down.
  • Likewise, it's best to invest a little more money into a quality triple sec. Many of the cheapest options are too syrupy or have an artificial orange flavor that will not work well in this drink. Besides that, triple sec is one of the most used liqueurs in the bar and an upgrade will improve all of your daiquiris and margaritas.
  • Fresh lime juice is highly recommended to create the best-tasting beachcomber. You should get enough juice from one lime for one or two drinks.
  • Serving the beachcomber in a chilled glass will keep the drink colder to the very last sip.

Recipe Variations

The beachcomber is such a popular cocktail that it has been remade many times over the years. Beyond the frozen cocktail option, there are other flavors that you can add to the drink.

  • One frozen version of this drink uses 2 ounces light rum, 3/4 ounce each triple sec and lime juice, and 2 dashes of maraschino liqueur. Blend it with 1 cup of ice and 1/4 teaspoon simple syrup if desired.
  • A common variation is to replace the light rum with equal parts of coconut rum and vodka. You could also keep the light rum and split it with coconut vodka (Cîroc makes a fabulous one).
  • Add a splash of banana liqueur if you like.
  • Cherry brandy, Cherry Heering, and other cherry-flavored liqueurs are often used as substitutes for the maraschino. Each of these options will result in a slightly sweeter drink and it will be best to skip the optional syrup.

How Strong Is a Beachcomber?

With three liquors and one nonalcoholic mixer, you can expect the beachcomber to be a strong drink. It will typically have an alcohol content in the 26 percent ABV (52 proof) range. That's equivalent to the average martini and the reason why it's served just over 4 ounces.

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