Invented by Donn Beach in the 1930s, fassionola syrup is a key ingredient in the Cobra’s Fang, the Pi Yi and the original Hurricane. Unfortunately for tiki-philes and cocktail devotees, Beach took the original recipe for the syrup to his grave. But that didn’t stop us from making our own version.
Bartenders and at-home-mixologists have debated endlessly over Beach’s recipe: Some say it can be reproduced with Smucker’s raspberry syrup and grenadine, while others argue it is a concentrated derivation of POG, a blend of passion fruit, orange and guava juices. In our attempt to recreate the syrup, we relied on two facts: One, that most recipes we found contained passion fruit juice, so we could be fairly certain that the original did as well, and two, that bartenders and tiki heads agree that, whatever the recipe, the syrup tasted like Hawaiian Punch.