Three Dots and a Dash


This famous cocktail is tiki classic invented by legendary bartender Donn Beach and the name is actually morse code for “Victory”, which also happens to be the namesake of the incredibly popular tiki bar in Chicago called Three Dots and a Dash. It was created shortly after World War II and it contains three types of rum, so might be a tough one to make at home. But take a closer look at the garnish: three maraschino cherries and a piece of pineapple. It’s a symbol of the drink’s namesake.


  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz SC honey syrup
  • 1/4 oz John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
  • 1/4 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • 1 1/2 oz Rhum Agricole Vieux (such as Duqesne Eleve Sous Bois or J.M. Gold)
  • 1/2 oz Blended Age Rum (such as Appleton Estate Reserve or Real McCoy 5-Year)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 3 Maraschino cherries (aka three dots)
  • 1 pineapple chunk, (the dash)


Add the rhum agricole, blended rum, Velvet Falernum, allspice dram, honey syrup, lime juice, orange juice and bitters to a drink mixer tin. Fill with 12 ounces of crushed ice and 4 to 6 small “agitator” cubes. Flash-blend, then open pour with gated finish into a footed pilsner glass and add the garnish. Alternatively, shake all ingredients with ice until chilled, then strain into a footed pilsner glass over fresh crushed ice.


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