Saturn 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Jun 19, 2018

This beautifully balanced gin drink, invented by J “Popo” Galsini, won the International Bartenders Association contest in 1967 and was rediscovered by tiki expert Jeff “Beachbum” Berry; the recipe was printed on the side of a glass in a California thrift store.

At Berry’s bar in New Orleans, Latitude 29, this drink is garnished with a thin peel of lemon around an ice sphere (resembling a ring around Saturn), but a cocktail cherry will do.

To read the accompanying story, see: Anyone who picks a fight over tiki drinks’ authenticity is missing the point of tiki drinks.

Make Ahead: Simple syrup can be refrigerated for months.

Where to Buy: High-quality passion fruit puree (such as that from the Perfect Puree) can be ordered online, but in a pinch, the passion fruit concentrate made by Rio Grande (available at many international markets, such as New Grand Mart) makes for a passable substitute. Orgeat is available at Ace Beverage and Batch 13 in the District, as well as online.


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Tested size: 1 servings

  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce passion fruit puree (see headnote)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see NOTE)
  • 1/2 ounce falernum (such as John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum)
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat
  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
  • Good-quality cocktail cherry, for garnish (optional; preferably not red/sweet maraschino)


Chill a snifter or double Old-Fashioned glass.

Combine the lemon juice, passion fruit puree, simple syrup, falernum, orgeat, gin and ice in a blender; puree until smooth.

Pour into the glass; garnish with the cherry, if using.

NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring just to a boil, then cool. Transfer to a heatproof container. Cool, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.

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Recipe Source

From Galsini's recipe, adapted by Latitude 29 in New Orleans.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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