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Dragon's Heart Cocktail Recipe

Nov 03, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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It’s very rare that a cocktail becomes successful within one decade, but believe it or not, the Dragon’s Heart has achieved this. It was conceived on a very particular day, 12/12/12, or December 12, 2012, which is supposedly the “luckiest day” of our lifetimes.

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The cocktail is also given this name because 2012 is also the Year of the Dragon. Ron Abuelo Rum had 12 mixologists create 12 cocktails as a marketing campaign, and this was the cocktail created by Ektoras Binikos.


  • 1 ½ ounce of rum
  • ½ ounce of ginger liqueur
  • ¾ ounce of mezcal
  • ¾ ounce of elderflower cordial, or mint-citrus syrup
  • 1 ½ ounce of blood orange juice
  • 3 wedges of lime
  • 5 drops of Angostura bitters
  • Ice


  1. Muddle the lime wedges, elderflower cordial (or syrup) and 3 drops of bitters into the cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the ice, rum, ginger liqueur, mezcal, and blood orange juice.
  3. Shake well, then strain into the martini glass
  4. Garnish with the 2 drops of bitters, and a blood orange slice.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Martini glass
  • Muddling spoon

This is one of the few cocktails with blood orange juice, which is natural orange juice with no additives. It is also one of the few cocktails that incorporate elderflower, which can be elusive to find in some locations. That’s why the mint-citrus syrup is another option, and it is essentially created simply by heating mint, juice, sugar, and water in a saucepan. It should also be pointed out that since Ron Abuelo Rum literally created the drink, it is the go-to option for the rum choice. For those who do not have time to make syrup or cordial, the natural substitute is St. Germain’s liquer, and will do just fine For those who want a challenging modern rum drink with a few new complex flavors, this is the choice for you!



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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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