The Trinidad Sour Cocktail

The Trinidad Sour Cocktail ~

The Trinidad Sour Cocktail  ~ this romantic cocktail has love potion written all over it ~ with a deep crimson color and seductive flavor, this is definitely one you’ll want to have on hand for that special night.

I’ve known Jamie since college. It’s always seemed to me that the friends you make in college are the most intimate because they get to know you at such a vulnerable time in your life. Everybody freaks out in some way when they hit college, and our college friends have the great pleasure of reminding us about it for the rest of our lives. He came over the other night to watch a game; I cooked, he brought the drinks. He’s one of the most well read, creative, and multi talented people I know, and whenever we get together it’s a sure bet I’ll be introduced to something new. Like this Trinidad Sour. He didn’t tell us what was in it, he just set about making them at the kitchen sink, and handed us our glasses. The color is stunning, don’t you think?

 It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail, and it isn’t just the color, the taste will blow you and your Valentine away. It’s an unusual recipe, calling for equal parts bitters and orgeat syrup, along with lemon juice and rye whiskey. The orgeat syrup is made from almonds, sugar, and orange blossom water. How luscious is that?

Ingredient spotlight: ORGEAT SYRUP

If you love the flavor of almonds like I do, you’ll love orgeat syrup, it’s made from almonds, sugar, and either rose water or orange blossom water. It’s an essential ingredient in lots of cocktails, and so you should definitely stock a bottle in your home bar.


Angustura Bitters, made in Trinidad, were first bottled in the 1820s as a tonic by a German doctor in Venezuela. The taste is intense, and normally you’d use just a dash or two in a drink recipe. An entire ounce of bitters gives the Trinidad Sour a very unique flavor. But the drink isn’t bitter, in fact it’s quite sweet, with a vibrant almond/cherry flavor. And then the lemon juice pulls it back from being too sweet. You’ll have to try it and see for yourself. I love the exotic flavor of bitters, they’re a versatile ingredient, and I actually used them in the dressing for this SHRIMP SALAD.

TIP: For the perfect romantic night, hit up your local thrift store for some pretty vintage cocktail glasses, light a few candles, and shake up a couple of Trinidad Sours. The rest is up to you…

The Trinidad Sour Cocktail ~
3.5 from 4 votes

The Trinidad Sour

Course cocktail
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 oz Angostura Aromatic bitters
  • 1 oz orgeat syrup
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice about 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 oz rye


  • Shake well with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
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    May 16, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I have those same glasses. They were my grandmothers.

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      February 3, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Princess House. Don’t know if they are still made, but there is usually some listed on eBay.

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      February 9, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Love that!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 6, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Oooh, that looks intoxicatingly delicious 🙂 I’ve never heard of that syrup so I need to ask at my liquor store.

    • Reply
      February 9, 2018 at 10:06 am

      It’s amazing, and you can use it in desserts, etc, too.

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