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Love on the Brain

Glassware: Whiskey tumbler glass

  • 1.5 oz Makers Mark Bourbon
  • 2 oz Passion Basil sour mix
  • 3 drops of burlesque bitters

Method: Add ingredients to a shaker. Shake 45 seconds. Clean pour into a chilled rocks glass. Add 3 drops of burlesque bitters

Passion Basil Sour Mix Recipe
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp lavender
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 4 passion fruits (wrinklier looking means it’s ready)
  • 8 basil leaves

Method: Combine the sugar, vanilla, lavender, lemon and orange zest in a bowl. Massage ingredients together, until the sugar turns yellowish from the oils.

Place the flavored sugar in a saucepan on medium low. Add the water and citrus juices. Scoop out the passion fruit pulp, seeds and all and add it to the saucepan.

Bring the sour mix to a boil and stir occasionally (it may get a little stringy where the pulp attaches to the seeds). Once the sour mix comes to a boil remove from heat and add basil while it cools down. Do not overcook. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

Garnish: Whiskey tumbler glass with frozen basil leaves and rose pedals, or  you can garnish with Passion fruit half through a pick with an orange peel ribbon


Dea Pierre  is a Brooklyn native that was raised in a Caribbean household, exposed to the intoxicating aromas of herbs, fruits and spices used in island gastronomy. As time passed, she began experimenting with blending various cultural ingredients and flavors together to create fresh takes on traditional cocktails. Follow her on  Instagram.

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