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Missionary’s Downfall


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  • 1 ½ oz white rum
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • ½ oz peach liqueur (or peach syrup, link below)
  • ½ oz honey syrup (recipe link below)
  • 10 mint leaves
Gently muddle the mint and the lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
Add the remaining ingredients to the shaker and fill it ¾ with ice. Shake until chilled, then strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
Garnish with mint and an edible flower, if desired.

I try so hard to stick to a few core ingredients, but I'm a sucker for muddled mint drinks and that sounds so good I guess a bottle of peach liqueur is in my future.
Here is the only recipe I know for Missionary's Downfall and a photo of my make of it. It's such a genius drink.

Missionary’s Downfall (Don The Beachcomber)

1 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum (it's supposed to be a low proof drink, but I almost always do 1 1/2 oz)
1 oz Honey Mix (1:1)
1/2 oz Peach Brandy (sub Apricot Brandy, but the most excellent way is to use 40% real peach brandy -Peach Street Distillers is the one)
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/4 cup Diced Fresh Pineapple
1/4 cup Mint Leaves, tightly packed (or 10-12 leaves)
3/4 cup Crushed Ice

Combine in a blender and blend at high-speed for 20 seconds. Pour into a goblet or coupe. Garnish with mint sprig.
The Missionary’s Downfall first appeared in Don The Beachcomber’s back in 1940s, though Jeff “Beachbum” Berry notes in his masterful Beachbum Berry Remixed that the drink could go back as far as 1937. Regardless of its age, it’s one of Don’s greatest masterpieces, which is saying something because that guy was a one-man Louvre of cocktails.


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An cold, fresh Missionary’s Downfall from Forbidden Island sounds so good right now. And I haven’t even had breakfast yet!
Such a good drink! I've made these recently (Smuggler's Cove recipe) for quite a few groups of friends, with rave reviews all around.