Raise a Glass to the World’s Cutest Cocktail

09/12/2013 at 06:00 AM ET

Banana Dolphin Cocktail Garnish Three Dots Paul McGee
Jeff Schear

Move aside, paper umbrellas, because we found a better way to top our favorite fruity drinks. Yup, that’s a banana.

At Chicago’s Three Dots and a Dash tiki bar, mixologist Paul McGee places a hand-carved banana “dolphin” on top of every Bunny’s Banana Daiquiri, which he blends with three types of rum, coconut liqueur and, you guessed it, fresh banana. Trust us, it’s as delicious as it sounds—and looks!

All you need to recreate the fruity Flipper at home, says McGee, is 1 bright yellow banana, 2 cloves, 3 pineapple leaves (or any fruit leaves you have around) and 1 whole nutmeg. To make it:

1. Cut the bottom third off a bright yellow banana, leaving the stem intact.

2. To create the mouth, lay the banana flat on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, slice into the stem and continue about 2 inches into the flesh.

3. Make two slits on the sides of the banana, and one on the top. Insert the trimmed pineapple leaves as fins.

4. Insert a whole clove at each corner of the mouth for eyes.

5. Prop the mouth open with a whole nutmeg (or cherry), and place it on top or over the lip of a sturdy glass.

—Marissa Conrad

FILED UNDER: Cocktails , Food

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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