The Left Hook Recipe

The Left Hook Recipe

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Try your homemade Krangostura bitters in this cocktail developed by Tona Palomino and Jafrul Shahin of wd-50 in New York.

Tona says: "It is a short punch, hence the name, and a pretty and tasty little drink. The clove [from the Krangostura] punches through and gives it that great Caribbean feel". It's a little spicy, a little rich, a little tropical, but not oversweet.

Note: Smoky, aromatic Batavia Arrack has a really distinctive flavor—as Paul Clarke says, it's somewhere between Haitian rum and single-malt Scotch. It can be purchased online for around $30. In a pinch, you can substitute a funky Jamaica rum.

  • Yield:1
  • Active time: 3 minutes
  • Total time:3 minutes


  • 1 1/2 ounces Batavia Arrack (see note)
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 dropper Krangostura bitters
  • ice
  • 1 ounce sparkling wine


  1. 1.

    Add Batavia Arrack, pineapple juice, simple syrup, and bitters to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled rocks glass (no ice). Top off with sparkling wine.