Tiki fans are acquainted with many cocktail syrups — the slightly floral almond syrup orgeat, the clove-lime-almond falernum. But even the most dedicated tiki nerds might not have heard of Fassionola. A starring ingredient in the original Hurricane cocktail (as invented at Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans’s French Quarter), it’s an elixir of strawberry, mango and pineapple, passionfruit, hibiscus, and lime.
One reason it has fallen out of prominence: It’s kind of a pain to make. Luckily, the New Orleans-based operation Cocktail & Sons has created a Fassionola of their own, made freshly with this season’s Louisiana strawberry crop, and available now in limited quantities.
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What makes the syrup so compelling? There’s a distinctly tropical character to Fassionola, given its ingredients; and whereas simple pineapple or mango juice can seem somewhat one-note in a cocktail, a small pour of this tiki syrup brings with it a layered, complex fruit character all its own.