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A heart-shaped box cocktail beside a stack of cinnamon sticks bound with twine.

Heart-Shaped Box Cocktail

  • Author: Asha
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: American


Fresh strawberry, a hint of elderflower, aged balsamic, and cinnamon bark syrup make the heart-shaped box cocktail a serious treat for the tastebuds. The result is delicious, complex, and exciting; with a savoury element.



1 strawberry

2 oz (60 ml) Hine H cognac

3/4 oz (22.5 ml) St. Germain elderflower liqueur

3/4 oz (22.5 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar

1/4 oz (7.5 ml) cinnamon bark syrup (see recipe below)

1 dash (12 drops) angostura bitters

Cinnamon Bark Syrup:

1/2 ounce (14 g) cinnamon sticks

1 cup (225 g) superfine sugar

1 cup (237 ml) water


1/2 strawberry



Heart-Shaped Box:

Add a roughly chopped strawberry into a cocktail shaker and muddle it (a muddler comes in this cocktail bar set that I use and highly recommended). 

Add all of the other cocktail ingredients. Short shake 2-4 seconds, then strain into a crushed ice filled double rocks glass

Serve with a straw and a half strawberry garnish.

Cinnamon Bark Syrup:

In a small saucepan, smash the cinnamon sticks into shards.

Add water and sugar, and stir occasionally while bringing to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 4 minutes.

Remove from heat and set out, covered, overnight.

Line a sieve with cheesecloth. Pour the syrup through to strain.


This cocktail was created by Brad Farran of Death & Co in 2013, and is featured in the Death & Co book.

Estimated time does not include time to make cinnamon bark syrup.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 69
  • Sugar: 19.7 g
  • Sodium: 2.3 mg
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.9 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: heart-shaped box cocktail

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