Happy Now #40


Absent Stars Cocktail

I was in New Orleans last week with my wife and this was the best drink we sampled while there, which is saying a lot as we had a lot to drink over five days. If you do go, please book a table ahead of time at Cane & Table. I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s a very special place and this outstanding warm weather drink is a small clue as to just how great it can be.

1 oz Campari
1 oz White Rum (or white Rhum Agricole if you prefer)
¾ oz Lemon
½ oz Passion Fruit Syrup
½ oz Apricot Liqueur (Apry, Rothman & Winter, Bols)
5 drops Light Saline (a bit of salt in a bit of water)
10 drops Bittermens’ Hopped Grapefruit Bitters (available at BYOB)
1 Orange Twist


  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned filled with ice.
  3. Garnish with orange and serve.

Passion Fruit Syrup

Muddle ¼ cup hot water with ¼ cup sugar and the contents of one fresh passion fruit. Strain when ready. Let cool.

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