What better way to celebrate the end of winter (less than a month away!) than with a tropical tiki party? Bring the beach indoors with colorful leis, festive lanterns, and of course, a batch of delicious Polynesian cocktails. Ditch the classic Mai Tai for a Saturn, a drink originally created in 1967 by famous Californian bartender J. “Popo” Galsini, and reimagined by Chicago, Ill.-based tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash. “I love that its base is gin instead of the traditional rum,” says beverage director Diane Corocran. Try the recipe below, throw on a pair of shades, and raise your glass to warm days ahead.
For the Passion fruit syrup
Passion fruit purée ($26; gourmetfoodstore.com)
Tiki mug ($20; threedotschicago.com)
1. To make the passion fruit syrup: mix 6 to 1 parts simple syrup and passion fruit purée.
2. Fill a tiki mug with crushed ice.
3. In a buzzing tin or blender, add all the liquid ingredients with 1 cup crushed ice. Buzz or blend for 5 seconds.
4. Pour cocktail into mug, garnish, and serve immediately.