Saturn Cocktail for Tiki Drink Lovers

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Beach Party



Saturn Cocktail on a Tiki bar

In the colorful tiki cocktail world of Hawaiian shirts, palm fronds, and over-the-top cocktail mugs, the Saturn Cocktail is both an icon and a black sheep. Instead of the holy rum spirit so prevalent in tiki cocktails, the Saturn Cocktail uses gin to appease the tiki gods. It’s an intensely layered cocktail with a history to match that was almost lost to time. 



Use crushed ice for best blending results.  


Once opened, store your Orgeat and Falernum syrup in the fridge.   


Use a vibrant gin with a zesty and floral flavor profile.   



1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

Bulldog Gin
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Lemon juice
0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

Passion fruit syrup
0.25 Oz

7.5 Ml

0.25 Parts

Orgeat syrup
0.25 Oz

7.5 Ml

0.25 Parts

Falernum syrup
Crushed ice
Lime twist wrapped around a cherry and skewered



Add all the ingredients to a blender with 1 scoop of crushed ice and blend until smooth


Pour into a rocks glass then garnish and serve

History of the Saturn Cocktail

In the 50s and 60s, tiki bar culture boomed in America. Tiki legends, Don’s Beachcomber Café and Trader Vic’s had multiple locations, and served more cocktails in a day than you could drink in a lifetime. Rum was the official drink of pirates and tropical islands, and nearly every tiki cocktail featured it. They were mixed and matched with skillful blending and many secret formulas. The world fell in love with everything tiki and many of the cocktails earned their place among the greats.   

In 1967, the legendary tiki barman, J. “Popo” Galsini, decided to try a new cocktail recipe. No stranger to inventing award-winning drinks, Popo used to gin instead of rum, and the Saturn Cocktail recipe was born. It’s a complex blend of gin, lemon juice, passionfruit syrup, and two types of specialty syrups—Orgeat and Falernum. He won multiple awards for the cocktail and led team America to first place at the 1967 International Bartender’s Association World Championship.  

The crazy thing about the Saturn Cocktail is that even as famous as it became, it was almost lost to history. The recipe was forgotten as the tiki trend tapered off in the 90s and 00s. It was only thanks to tiki historian, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry that it was rediscovered. He found it printed on the side of a glass in a California thrift store, and reintroduced the world to the Saturn Cocktail recipe.    


The easiest way to tinker with the Saturn Cocktail recipe is to change the spirit. Gin is the classic, but a tequila or vodka version would also be delicious. If you really wanted to appease the tiki gods, then go for a rum version. Tiki cocktails are very forgiving, so play around and see what works for you.    

When to serve

Once you’ve got all the ingredients and your blender ready, the Saturn Cocktail is easy to blitz up. It’s a tiki cocktail so any beach party or outdoor event suits it just fine. You could even go one further and host a tiki-inspired cocktail party and raise a toast old Popo himself.   

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Tiki cocktails are all about layering multiple flavors into the drink to achieve something special. Many of the most famous recipes were closely guarded secrets in the heyday. They use lots of specialty ingredients and syrups.

Orgeat is a sweet syrup made from almonds and sugar that is flavored with orange flowers or rose water. It’s a staple in tiki cocktail making.

Falernum is a sweet syrup from Barbados that is made with lime juice, ginger, and almond. It’s spiced with cloves or allspice and it’s essential in many tiki cocktails.