Contrary to what one can sometimes see, the Doctor Funk cocktail was not created by bartender Don the Beachcomber, but by Doctor Bernard Funk in the Samoa Islands (Independent State from Polynesia) and a native of Germany.
The Doctor Funk cocktail was created before 1919 since that year it appeared in the book "White Shadows in the South Seas". In this work it is written that the cocktail (of origin therefore) is made of absinthe and lemon-lime soda or lime (lime juice), and that it is already well known in all the South Seas. One could therefore think that the Dr Funk cocktail dates from the very beginning of the 20th century.
As for the famous bartender Don the Beachcomber, it was he who made this cocktail famous by adapting the recipe in his own way from the 1930s. Trader Vic also contributed to Dr. Funk's fame by publishing his recipe in 1946 and 1972. The common recipe has been made since the 1940s with aniseed (theoretically Pernod), dark rum and sparkling water.