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Three Dots And A Dash

from Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
posted on August 22, 2016

Created during World War II by Donn Beach, the name is Morse code for “Victory.”

ORIGIN Don the Beachcomber
GLASSWARE Footed pilsner


½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce fresh orange juice
½ ounce SC Honey Syrup (recipe follows)
¼ ounce John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
¼ ounce St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

1½ ounces rhum agricole vieux (Duquesne Élevé Sous Bois or J.M Gold)
½ ounce blended aged rum (Appleton Estate Reserve or Real McCoy 5 Year)
1 dash Angostura bitters


GARNISH Three maraschino cherries and a pineapple chunk speared on a cocktail pick, or three maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick plus a pineapple frond

Add all the ingredients to a drink mixer tin. Fill with 12 ounces of crushed ice, flash blend, and pour contents into a footed pilsner glass. Add garnish.

NOTE The garnish cleverly represents the Morse code. The three cherries are the “dots,” and the “dash” was, traditionally, at Don the Beachcomber’s, a rectangular chunk of pineapple. At Smuggler’s Cove we choose to use a pineapple frond as our dash.

SC Honey Syrup

MAKES 3 cups (24 ounces)

1½ cups honey
1½ cups water

Ingredient Instructions

Heat the honey in a saucepan over medium heat until runny and not viscous—nearly to a boil but not quite. Add the water to the hot honey and whisk together. Immediately remove from the heat. Let cool. Store in a lidded bottle or other sealable container in the refrigerator. The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for several weeks.

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