Tikidrinks tends to have funny and mystical names that sparks your imagination - Shrunken Skull, Suffering Bastard, Polynesian Paralyzis, Zombie, Planet of the Apes, Last Rites, Mystic Lamp etc) and i think one of the most interesting names is the Missionary´s downfall.

Where and how it was named i don`t know, but i guess it must have been provocative to some. It was made by Don the Beachcomber in cirka 1948. The name of this drink was also changed to Missionary´s Doom in the cocktail menu of the newly opened Mai-Kai in 1956 in Fort Lauderdale – at that time serving about 1000 customers a night. It`s one of the tastiest tikidrinks out there and is one of my favorites.

Its also one of the first tikidrinks i made for some reason. I first found it in Grog Log (page 52) I think what makes it so fresh tasting is the combination of fresh mint, fresh pineapple and peach brandy paired with a good white rum. The recipe calls for light Puerto Rican rum  but that can be subbed with another good white rum.


4 whole fresh sprigs of mint

1/2 slice fresh pineapple

1.5 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz peach brandy

1/4 oz simple syrup

1 oz white rum

Strip mint leaves from sprigs and discard stems. Place leaves in blender with all other ingresients and 14 ounces of crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass or tall tiki mug. This drink is a dream of freshness and its light as opposed to many other tikidrinks which are very strong.


Okole maluna!


  1. I know this is an old post, and I make it using the recipe in Beachbum Berry Remixed, but these things are also smashing served in a hollowed out pineapple. It’s weak enough to make a double, and when the drink is finished, you can scraped the mint bits off of the side with a spoon.

  2. I guess you cut a round slice of the pineapple…and then cut it in half:-) cut the skin off..

  3. How big is half a slice of pineapple? Just roughly I don’t need an exact volume. Mainly which way do you slice first before the halving?

  4. The first time I had this drink was in the Pub Tiki in Philly. It was served in a carved out pineapple with a umbrella, fruit and a straw. It cost $4.00 back then!!

  5. Interesting Shirow66, i`ll try it sometimes.

    The Missionary`s downfall is indeed a good one to start with.Usually i prefer the stronger tiki drinks but this one is an exception, its fantastic.

    Andy, i use Havana Club but Appleton is also very good.

  6. I have just recently started to discover tiki drinks and i really like those i`ve tried so far even though they take time to prepare. The Missionary’s Downfall looks really tasty and i`m going to try it soon. Thanks for this post with the recipe and such a beautiful picture!

  7. The Missionary’s Downfall is my favorite tiki drink by far. It’s just amazingly fresh and it’s not that strong in alcohol, which suits my tastes.
    I’ve been using the recipe from Tiki Road Trip, which I thought was better than the one in Grog Log, especially if you let it steep in a jar for a couple of days before you mix it up with the ice.

    1/2 oz lime juice
    1/2 oz honey
    1/2 oz peach liqueur
    1 oz light Puerto Rican rum
    2 oz pineapple juice
    add mint leaves(I use 10 leaves), then mix with crushed ice into a slushie.

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