Lagniappe Review: Cocktails & Sons’ Fassionola Syrup

Photo courtesy of Cocktail & Sons

Photo courtesy of Cocktail & Sons

The folks over at Cocktail & Sons just launched Fassionola, a Louisiana strawberry and tropical fruit (mango, pineapple and passion fruit) based cocktail syrup.  According to the company, this syrup was an original ingredient in Pat O’Brien’s take on the famous hurricane cocktail.

If you live in Louisiana, you know our strawberry season peaks in the springtime.  Cocktail & Sons is a New Orleans-based company, so founder Max Messier is quite aware of that.  Messier said he’s limiting production of this syrup so long as his ingredients are in season.  His reasoning is to keep the price of Fassionola affordable.  The SRP for an 8 oz bottle is $15.  You can purchase it at their online store.

The stuff’s delicious.  I followed the Hurricane and Gypsy Rose recipes suggested by the company (and found below).  Both cocktails kept a nice balance of spirit, citrus and the fruity syrup.  In a cocktail, you can’t ask for more.  By itself, Fassionola is rich, sweet and zesty.  I may have had a few spoonfuls…  don’t judge.

If you’re regularly mixing cocktails, I highly suggest picking up a bottle of Fassionola.  While the original hurricane only called for the addition of passion fruit syrup, I think the decision to add Louisiana strawberries, pineapple and mango is a smart one.  All of these flavors compliment each other and equate to a party in your mouth.  That’s about as eloquent as I want to be at the moment.  Enjoy these cocktail recipes Cocktail & Sons shared with me.  The last two recipes are courtesy of Arnaud’s french 75’s mixologist Chris Hannah.  Trust me, you will want to drink whatever Chris whips up behind the bar.

Classic Hurricane

Photo courtesy of Cocktail & Sons

Photo courtesy of Cocktail & Sons

1.5 oz. Rum (we recommend aged rum or rhum agricole, nothing too dry)

.75 oz. Cocktail & Sons Fassionola

.5 oz. Fresh lime juice

Glass: Tall

Garnish: Lime wheel

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Gypsy Rose

Photo courtesy of Cocktail & Sons

Photo courtesy of Cocktail & Sons

1.5 oz. Bourbon

.75 oz. Cocktail & Sons Fassionola

.5 oz. Fresh lime juice

2 dashes Orange bitters

Glass: Coupe

Garnish: Orange twist

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Past the Breakers

Photo courtesy of Cocktail & Sons

Photo courtesy of Cocktail & Sons

.5 oz. Cocktail & Sons Fassionola

Prosecco or cava

2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Glass: Flute

Garnish: Lemon twist

Pour the Fassionola into a Champagne flute. Fill with prosecco or cava and top with the Peychaud’s Bitters. Stir briefly and garnish with a lemon twist.

Guapo Fashioned by Chris Hannah, Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans
INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. Bourbon
.5 oz. Amaro Meletti
.25 oz. Cocktail & Sons Spiced Demerara Syrup
3 dashes El Guapo Chicory Bitters
Garnish: Rosemary and orange peel

Glass: Old Fashioned

DIRECTIONS: Add all the ingredients to an Old Fashioned glass, stir and add a large ice cube. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and swatch of orange peel.

Lemongrass Collins by Chris Hannah, Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans
INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Lemon juice
.75 oz. Cocktail & Sons Oleo Saccharum
1 oz. Club soda
Garnish: Lemongrass

Glass: Collins

DIRECTIONS: Add the gin, lemon juice and Oleo Saccharum to a Collins glass filled with ice. Stir briefly, and top with the club soda. Garnish with a stalk of lemongrass.

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