Trinidad Spell

Photograph: Elana Lepkowski

In this tiki-inspired cocktail, a full ounce of bitters plays the starring role.

Note: Passionfruit syrup can be store-bought or made at home. To make homemade syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a medium sauce pan over high heat with 1/2 cup fresh passionfruit pulp, seeds, and juice. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Add the juice and seeds from 2 fresh passionfruit to the mix, cover and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain and bottle. Syrup will keep in the fridge for one week.

About the Author: Elana Lepkowski is a Los Angeles based mixologist who photographs and shares her cocktail recipes at You can find her on Instagram and Twitter as @stirandstrain documenting what she drank last night and occasionally a picture of her dog.

Trinidad Spell

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:cocktail shaker
This recipe appears in: Go Bold With Bitters in the Trinidad Spell


  • 1 ounce Angostura bitters
  • 1 ounce London Dry gin
  • 3/4 ounce Rothman + Winter Orchard Apricot liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 orange
  • 1/2 ounce passion fruit syrup (see note above)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
  • Garnish: Pineapple wedge, mint sprig (optional)


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    Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled 2/3 with ice. Shake hard for 30 seconds to incorporate and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish according to your own inner tiki style.

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