Caribbean Espionage


  • 60ml Leblon Cachaca
  • 25ml Raspberry Thyme Syrup
  • 15ml Bittermens Amere Sauvage
  • 15ml Lime Juice
  • 2 Dash Bittermens Habanero Shrub Bitters

Add all ingredients together in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass over ice.  Garnish with a sprig of mint and some raspberries.

This is a case where the cocktail came after the glassware.  While in Shanghai, I stopped by a small curio store and found this gorgeous little pot.  The photo doesn’t quite do it justice, but the soft sunset ombre colours really scream to me ‘Caribbean’.  I wanted to fill this with something slightly tropical, but with a gentle, sophisticated bitter note, and the unfortunately under-appreciated (in Hong Kong, at least) Bittermen’s Amere Sauvage performs beautifully.

Raspberry Thyme Syrup

  • 200g Fresh Raspberries
  • 200ml 2:1 Sugar Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Loose Fresh Thyme Leaves.

Heat sugar syrup in a pan over medium high heat until boiling.  Once boiling, add raspberries and thyme leaves and reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes, breaking up the raspberries when possible.  Strain through a fine mesh sieve and reserve.

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