Recipes

Recipes:

Just as with any traditional spirit, Aplós can be enjoyed neat, on-the-rocks, or mixed in an infinite number of cocktails. Though we encourage you to experiment, we have crafted a few recipes to get you started.

Recipes:

Just as with any traditional spirit, Aplós can be enjoyed neat, on-the-rocks, or mixed in an infinite number of cocktails. Though we encourage you to experiment, we have crafted a few recipes to get you started.
Aplós and Ākulikuli

Aplós and Ākulikuli

Ākulikuli: A coastal herb (Sesuvium portulacastrum), known in many warm regions, somewhat like wild portulaca.

  • 1 oz. Aplós
  • 2 oz. Akulikuli syrup*
  • 1 oz. Lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass.  

 

*Simple syrup: Combine 1/2 cup of Ākulikuli (sea purslane) with 1oz spirulina powder and 6 drops liquid chlorophyll with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Stir over heat until sugar dissolves, then strain.
aplos coconut milk taro syrup cocktail on ice garnished with a Tahitian gardenia

Taro and Tahitian Gardenia

Taro: A tropical Asian plant of the arum family which has edible starchy corms and edible fleshy leaves, especially a variety with a large central corm grown as a staple in the Pacific.

  • 2 oz. Aplós
  • 2 oz. Coconut milk
  • 2 oz. Taro simple syrup*
  1. Shake and strain over pebble ice into a short Collins glass. Garnish with a fragrant edible white flower, such as Tahitian Gardenia or Butterfly ginger blossom.

    *Taro Simple Syrup: Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and water with 2oz dehydrated Taro powder. Stir over heat until sugar dissolves.
grapefruit seltzer and aplos cocktail nonalcoholic

Aplós and Pomelo

Pomelo: The largest of the citrus fruits, with a thick yellow skin and bitter pulp which resembles grapefruit in flavor.

  • 1.5 oz Aplós 
  • 1oz Wood Sorrel Tonic*
  • 2oz Pomelo Juice (grapefruit is a great substitute) 
  • Top with sparkling water
  1. Shake and strain. Served in a rocks glass over a large ice cube, garnished with a slice of pomelo/grapefruit.

    *Wood Sorrel Tonic: Combine .5cup fresh wood sorrel, 8oz gentian root, 8oz bluplurium root. Steep ingredients in 7oz boiling water, then strain. Combine the tea with 1cup sugar, .5oz citric acid, .25oz malic acid, and .75oz absinthe. Stir over heat until sugar dissolves.
aplos blood orange garnish soda water nonalcoholic spirit

Aplós and Blood Orange

Moro Blood Oranges: the most commonly found pigmented citrus in Hawaii. This one is a favorite in both taste and appearance. 

  • 2 oz. Aplós
  • 2 oz. Soda water
  • Juice from a wedge of blood orange
  1. Shake well with ice and pour into any glass that you have on-hand. Garnish with a slice of blood orange and enjoy watching the color deepen.
Aplos java plum gingerale grenadine cocktail nonalcoholic spirit

Aplós and Java Plum

Java Plum: a South Asian tree Syzygium cumini (family Myrtaceae), cultivated for its fruit and as a shade tree

  • 2 oz. Aplós
  • 2 oz. Java plum shrub
  • 1 oz. Lemon juice
  • Splash of ginger ale
  1. Shake and strain into a flute. Garnish with rose buds. 

 

*To make the Java plum scrub, combine 1 cup muddled Java plums with 1 cup sugar and let refrigerate for 24-48 hours, stirring occasionally. Fine strain. This can also be replaced with 1/2 oz. of grenadine.

Aplós and Cacao Honey

Aplós and Cacao Honey

If you are feeling particularly ambitious we invite you to garnish this cocktail with the smoke from strawberry guava bark. Cover to infuse cocktail and enjoy an adventure for the senses. 

  • 1 oz. Aplós
  • 2 oz. Chocolate honey syrup*
  1. Stir and strain both ingredients into a snifter glass.

    *Cacao and honey syrup: Combine 3oz cacao nibs and 1oz local honey with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Stir over heat until sugar dissolves, then strain. 
An Unhurried Afternoon

An Unhurried Afternoon

Bright with a bite

We are usually quite capable of pushing ourselves to the limit, and infinitely less skilled at knowing how to come down. Luckily, the effects of fast living might be remedied if only we granted ourselves a few moments of liberating uselessness and the odd unhurried afternoon—an occasion which simply asks that we ask nothing of ourselves. Setting aside some time to quietly observe the world around us is perhaps today’s most valuable form of therapy.

  • 1 ¾ oz. Aplós
  • 3 oz. soda water
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar
  • 5 pieces basil, sage, mint
  • 3 lemon wedges cut in quarters
  1. Muddle lemons, with herbs and agave nectar. Add Aplós and ice. Shake and strain into rocks glass or stemless wine glass. Top with soda water and garnish with herbs.
The Easy Transition

The Easy Transition

A simple favorite

After a long day at work or a list of to-dos, it seems understandable—healthy, even—to resign to a feeling of not being bothered. An end-of-day cocktail, for instance, need not be fussy. Forget the stainless steel drink shakers and spindly mixing spoons—they will only need to be washed later. Locate an old lime wedge left in the back of the fridge. Rinse the closest glass. Laziness is our best shot at conserving energy for the occasions in life that need it most.

  • 2 oz. Aplós
  • 2 dash bitters
  • 4 oz. Tonic or soda water
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Ice
  1. Simply combine ingredients, and get creative with your bitters. We recommend lavender or citrus bitters—or celery for something savory. Add a garnish, if you're feeling up to it.
The Conversation Starter

The Conversation Starter

An ode to martinis

There’s so much we don’t know about each other. It’s easy to fill even our closest relationships with small talk. But we get much more out of honest conversation—not only someone else’s perspective, but a chance to redefine how we see ourselves. If we’re lucky, we might be able to change someone’s mind through discussion, but it can be even more gratifying to have our own changed every once in a while.

  • 1¾ oz. Aplós
  • 1 oz. hibiscus tea, steeped
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. honey syrup 1:1 honey to water 
  1. Begin in the kitchen, where most good conversations take place. Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Accompany with friends and lively chat.