We believe that every season is tiki season, but summertime always makes us crave the sweet, boozy taste of fruity tropical drinks even more than usual. And while we love mixing our own icy concoctions at home, there’s nothing like sipping an expertly-made tiki drink that was crafted by the pros. Three Dots and a Dash, one of our favorite tiki bars in America, just released their brand new cocktail menu and gave us an exclusive look at all of their deliciously boozy delights.
Julian Cox—beverage director of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises—and Three Dots and a Dash resident beverage director Kevin Beary worked together to create the new menu, ditching heavier ingredients to focus on those that are worthy of the warmer months. “We wanted to play with the current season by making the cocktails a little lighter and brighter,” Cox says. “We’ve used on-season ingredients like violet, mango and guava to lend light, refreshing notes for easy-to-drink cocktails that are intended for hot summer days and nights.”
Expect to see some reinvented classic tiki cocktails alongside signature drinks developed by Cox and Beary. The team experimented with a few ingredients that previously weren’t found behind the bar at Three Dots and a Dash, like black cherry juice, the Japanese milk soda Calpico, and mango brandy from Rhine Hall Distillery in Chicago. You can expect each new libation, whether classic or original, to take you to a tropical destination far, far away. “That is, after all, the concept of making tiki drinks: to transport you to a happy vacation place,” Beary says. Check out all the new cocktails, below.