Trinidad Especial








A supremely Christmassy cocktail hand-crafted by my brother-in-law Brian. Judge not by his leering stare; he’s one of the good guys.

Trinidad Especial (hat tip to KJ of the Flatiron Lounge)
1 oz. Angostura Bitters
1 oz. Orgeat (almond syrup)
2/3 oz. fresh lime juice
1/3 oz. Pisco

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake it. Strain into a coupe or martini glass. Sip in front of a roaring fire.

Photographer’s Note:
I know it seems like an alarming quantity of bitters, but go with it. The sweetness of the almond syrup tames the bitterest edge, while the lime and Pisco add some necessary brightness. The end result is a cocktail where the warming qualities of the Angostura shine through, and the cinnamon, clove, and other spice notes are the essence of the holidays in a glass.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Casey says:

    Found you via King of States 🙂 Have you had Glogg? (Swedish Christmas drink…it’s amazing.)


    1. I haven’t had Glogg in years, as I recall it’s delicious!

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  2. Casey says:

    Also…why is it the “Trinidad” Especial?


    1. I don’t have the absolute answer but can tell you the drink was created Bartender Giuseppe Gonzolez originally of the Flatiron Lounge in NYC and more recently The Clover in Brooklyn. The drink is considered to be cousin to the Trinidad Sour. Perhaps if we find the orgin of the T.S. we’ll get our answer. Thanks for reading Casey!

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    2. A little research and the answer was found. Trinidad is the origin Angostura Bitters, one of the ingredients in the cocktails. Thanks!

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      1. Casey says:

        Very cool to know! Thanks for researching. 🙂


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