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Trinidad Sour

Trinidad Sour 2.000

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Spirits Sep 27, 2015

A full ounce and a half of Angostura bitters makes this drink—invented at the Clover Club in 2008—a freak of nature. It seems like it would be undrinkable, something you’d only choke down on a dare. That challenging nature may have helped it spread as widely as it has, but while it’s definitely a flavor powerhouse, the balance between the spicy bitters and sweet orgeat make the whole thing work, and the ingredients are universally available. “Every bartender can make it, and guests are surprised when they can’t nail the flavors in it or what spirit it is,” says Giuseppe Gonzalez, now at Mott 32 in Las Vegas.

If you want to add a frothy top layer, include half an egg white in the mix.

Where to Buy: Orgeat is an almond-flavored syrup. You can make it yourself (see the related recipe); seek out a craft-made orgeat, such as the one made by and available via; or use one of the widely available brands, such as Liber or BG Reynolds.


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Tested size: 2 servings

  • Ice
  • 3 ounces Angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces orgeat (see related recipe and headnote)
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 large egg white (optional; see headnote)

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If you're not using an egg white: Fill a cocktail shaker with the ice, then add the bitters, orgeat, lemon juice and rye whiskey. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then divide evenly between two cocktail coupes.

If you're using an egg white, combine the bitters, orgeat, lemon juice, rye whiskey and egg in a cocktail shaker; seal and perform a vigorous “dry shake” for 30 seconds, then add the ice. Shake again for 30 seconds, then divide evenly between two cocktail coupes.

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Adapted from Giuseppe Gonzalez of Mott 32 in Las Vegas.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 240

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 30g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 29g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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