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Deep-Sea Diver Cocktail Recipe

Feb 11, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The Deep Sea Diver is a deliciously refreshing cocktail that was first introduced at Mai Kai, a very festive local landmark located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This cocktail actually ranks among the oldest and distinctive tropical drinks which Mai Kai has introduced to the world. This thirst quenching cocktail’s history can be traced back to the 1930s, and this drink is in fact listed in the tropical drink pioneer Don the Beachcomber’s original cocktail menu.

Being an established and renowned tropical drink (and probably ranking as one of the first tropical drinks of the world), the Deep Sea Diver is bound to incorporate citrusy, punch fruit flavours (lime in this case) into a strong liqueur. And of course, any tropical or beach based cocktail would be incomplete without Rum.

This beachy cocktail takes it to the next level when it comes to Rum. Making this invigoratingly fresh and electrifying potent drink involves adding multiple kinds of Rum to the concoction, with the secondary alcohol role being played by Triple Sec.

Being a tropical cocktail, the Deep Sea Diver has an extremely adventurous persona and is much more towards the aggressive scale when it comes to its kick – so don’t take it easy. Although it emerged from Fort Lauderdale, this cocktail is now popular all over the world. However, when Mai Kai, the original creators make this famous drink, they always incorporate an unusual and rare ingredient which remains a mystery to this day, even 85 odd years later.

Here is a recipe for this potent cocktail.


  • 60 ml Overproof Rum
  • 60 ml Dark Rum
  • 20 ml White Rum
  • 20 ml Triple Sec
  • 1/2 teaspoon Powdered Sugar
  • 10 ml Lime Syrup
  • 30 ml Lime Juice


  1. Add ice to a cocktail shaker
  2. Throw in all the ingredients and shake briskly until the outside of shaker is frosted
  3. Add crushed ice to a Highball glass
  4. Pour in the mixture over the ice into the Highball glass and serve


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Crushed ice
  • Ice cubes
  • Highball glass


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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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