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The Spirit of Saint Tran

Total Time
20 mins

Thanks to bar manager Jon Christiansen, the cocktails at both Monsoon and Ba Bar, in Seattle, tend to have an evocative bent. This drink is named for 13th-century Vietnamese military commander Tran Hung Ðao, and uses lime, fresh herbs, pineapple, and fragrant tea–all as popular in Vietnam as the hero himself.

su-The Spirit of Saint Tran

Photo: Thomas J. Story
 1 teaspoon loose-leaf oolong tea
 1/4 cup sugar
 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves
 4 to 5 fresh red shiso leaves (optional)
 2 tablespoons litchi purée such as Funkin, or 4 canned litchis, whirled well in a blender to yield 2 tbsp.
 2 to 3 tbsp. lime juice
 1/4 cup aged rum
 1/4 cup pineapple juice (preferably fresh)
Step 1

Make the oolong tea syrup: Bring 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan and add tea. Cover and steep 5 minutes. Strain into a cup and then pour in sugar. Stir until it dissolves. Let cool.

Step 2

Fill two cocktail glasses with ice. Fill a cocktail shaker one-third full of ice, then add 6 to 8 leaves mint and, if available, 3 to 4 shiso leaves. Pour in 2 tbsp. cooled oolong syrup, litchi purée, lime juice, rum, and pineapple juice. Shake vigorously.

Step 3

Strain into the glasses, tuck a few herb leaves into ice, and serve.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cocktail.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 201Calories from Fat 0.3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.1g1%

Saturated Fat 0.0g0%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 2.2mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 33g11%

Dietary Fiber 0.4g2%
Protein 0.2g1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.