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By M. Carrie Allan

This romantic cocktail gets sweetness from strawberry-honey syrup (St. Valentine is the patron saint not only of lovers, but of beekeepers). Two kinds of rum give it a boozy kick, and it gets a depth charge from an unusual acid: balsamic vinegar, a great complement to strawberries. Chocolate bitters bring it all together.

Make ahead: The strawberry-honey syrup needs to be made at least 1 hour before making the cocktail.

Storage: Refrigerate the strawberry-honey syrup for up to 2 weeks.

From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.


measuring cup

Servings: 1 (makes 1 drink)

For the strawberry-honey syrup

For the drink


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Total: 15 mins, plus at least 1 hour cooling time for the syrup

  1. Step 1

    Make the strawberry-honey syrup: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the honey, strawberries, water and salt and stir until the honey is fully dissolved. Bring to a boil for about 15 seconds, then reduce the heat to low and cook until the strawberries are softened and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely, at least 1 hour. Strain the solids and discard or save for another use (such as an ice cream topping,) then transfer the syrup to a lidded jar or bottle with a cap. You should get about 1 1/2 cups. Use right away or refrigerate until needed.

  2. Step 2

    Make the drink: Put a large ice cube in a rocks glass and prop the slice of strawberry on the rim. Add ice to a mixing glass, then add the bitters, white and black rums, the strawberry-honey syrup and balsamic vinegar. Stir to chill and dilute, then strain over the ice cube and serve.


You should have enough syrup for 12 drinks.

Nutritional Facts

Not including the strawberries in the syrup, because of the variabilities involved in infusions.

  • Calories


  • Fat

    0 g

  • Saturated Fat

    0 g

  • Carbohydrates

    25 g

  • Sodium

    53 mg

  • Cholesterol

    0 mg

  • Protein

    0 g

  • Fiber

    0 g

  • Sugar

    25 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

Published February 8, 2024

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