Three Dots and a Dash - Chicago, IL

Three Dots and a Dash - Chicago, IL

The Tropical Itch. It’s all in the name. Sweeter than sipping from sugar cane, more delicious than a sun-kissed orange, if a trip to Tahiti is out of the question, this drink will scratch your itch.

Created by Paul McGee, the man in the captain’s chair at Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash, it carries a unique history, starting with a bartender from Honolulu, Hawaii who sparked the tiki bar craze of the 1950s. The original recipe called for Okolehao, a root liqueur indigenous to Hawaii. Paul explained that owing to difficulty tracking down Okolehao, today the drink is most easily made with bourbon.

Tropical Itch
by Paul McGee

1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1/2 part Appleton® 12 year
3/4 part BG Reynold’s® passion fruit syrup
3/4 part lemon juice
Dash of Angostura

Add measured ingredients over ice. Stir. Strain. Add a parasol. Enjoy.


Three Dots and a Dash
435 N. Clark, Chicago, IL
(312) 610-4220

Three Dots and a Dash can be found beneath Bub City. If you’d prefer a classic cocktail with an upscale vibe, head down the street to Tortoise Club.


Bottle of Basil Hayden's

Basil Hayden's®

Enriched by a hint of peppermint, it impresses with notes of pepper balanced by slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.

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