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Fassionola?
cathuna
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Posted: 2011-03-17 06:18 am   Permalink

No chance of finding Fassionola here in the UK. However I did spot this in a local supermarket:



It's bright red, so the colour fits the bill alright! *ponders whether to buy it anyway*


 
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Trader Tiki
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Posted: 2011-03-18 12:01 pm   Permalink

I just got a sample of Fassionola. I don't see much challenge in recreating it using high quality, natural ingredients.

This will, of course, be heavily tested *hic* at the Trader Tiki official science lab and mixotorium.


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jokeiii
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Posted: 2012-02-02 09:48 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-03-18 12:01, Trader Tiki wrote:
I just got a sample of Fassionola. I don't see much challenge in recreating it using high quality, natural ingredients.

This will, of course, be heavily tested *hic* at the Trader Tiki official science lab and mixotorium.



Any progress on this front?

Mahalo in advance,


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2012-05-03 09:43 am   Permalink

Maybe this stuff?
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WestADad
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Posted: 2012-05-03 10:48 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-03 09:43, Swanky wrote:
Maybe this stuff?




Yep, same seller on eBay that gave us his only comment ever on TC. Here:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=5331&forum=10&vpost=472517

And three bottles have been purchased since you posted the link Tim!



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Fallenstar
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Posted: 2012-05-04 12:37 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-03 09:43, Swanky wrote:
Maybe this stuff?



I ordered a bottle last week. Arrived today, will be trying it tomorrow.
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2012-05-15 3:35 pm   Permalink

On 2012-05-03 10:48, WestADad wrote:
Quote:

And three bottles have been purchased since you posted the link Tim!





One of those bottles landed at The Atomic Grog, where we've incorporated it into our Cobra Kiss tribute:
http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/11/20/mai-kai-cocktail-review-cobra-kiss-is-an-exotic-taste-explosion-guaranteed-to-strike-your-fancy/

Here's an excerpt:

There’s a huge difference between real fassionola and Pat O’Brien’s mix, which we subsequently dumped down the drain. It’s thicker, richer and has a darker color. It also tastes much less artificial, like a real fruit syrup. The flavor is cherry/raspberry with a hint of orange. If you can find a good fruit syrup that has this same flavor, I would try that. Or use Pat O’Brien’s in a pinch. But I would now recommend using the powdered version and making it twice as strong as suggested on the label.

Or keep checking eBay for Jonathan English's fassionola. It appears to be the real deal.


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WestADad
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Posted: 2012-05-15 6:23 pm   Permalink

I bought a bottle too. I'll try the Atomic Grog recipe this weekend.

I've used it in a few recipes that call for passion fruit syrup, using half passion fruit syrup and half Jonathan English.

I'm tempted to get a bottle of the gold just to see if it's a different flavor than the red.

Cheers!
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Rawim
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Posted: 2012-05-15 8:57 pm   Permalink

I have purchsed bottles of all three, red, gold and green and while they share a similar profile they are quite distinct.

 
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Tonga Tiki
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Posted: 2012-05-17 6:47 pm   Permalink

A bottle of red is now coming my way....

 
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arriano
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Posted: 2012-05-18 09:15 am   Permalink

Can someone who's used the fassionola say how the flavor compares to passion fruit syrup? I've been theorizing that fassionola may be to passion fruit syrup as Rose's is to real grenadine.

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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2012-05-18 09:21 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-05-18 09:15, arriano wrote:
Can someone who's used the fassionola say how the flavor compares to passion fruit syrup? I've been theorizing that fassionola may be to passion fruit syrup as Rose's is to real grenadine.





Check out Mai Tai's first post on page three of this thread.

Quote:

On 2009-07-14 14:32, Mai Tai wrote:
...
So, to recap, Fassionola is basically a fruit punch concentrate that doesn't have any passion fruit juice in it.
...




So in a way, yes, Fassionola has no passion fruit in it, just like Rose's has no pomegranate in it.

Hurricane Hayward, on the Atomic Grog blog says this about Fassionola; "The flavor is cherry/raspberry with a hint of orange."






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GentleHangman
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Posted: 2012-05-22 3:38 pm   Permalink

I just received a bottle of the English brand - Yikes! It is extremely concentrated and SWEET.
I made all three of the Atomic Grog recipes using Fassionala and couldn't even finish one drink - they were all just too sweet for my taste. I'm going to have to tinker with the recipes and scale down the "sweetness" and see if I can find a nice balance with the suggested rums. Did I mention SWEET?

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Rawim
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Posted: 2012-05-22 10:25 pm   Permalink

Yes, you really do have to use the stuff sparingly. It is almost a candy syrup.

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2012-05-23 3:39 pm   Permalink

Another recipe using Fassionola is posted ... The Mai-Kai's Tahitian Breeze.

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/05/19/mai-kai-cocktail-review-tasty-tahitian-breeze-is-packed-with-tropical-flavors-history/


As pointed out, this is sweet stuff. Makes sense that it's mainly used in very sweet drinks.

I've got a theory that perhaps it was also used as a coloring agent to make drinks look pretty, as opposed to being a crucial flavor ingredient. The color is just as concentrated as the flavor.

That could also explain why it was left out of old recipes that have been recently revived. With many drinks now served in Tiki mugs, it's just not that crucial, unless you're a professional bar that needs very attractive looking drinks. The only one so far that I think really benefits from the flavor is the Cobra Kiss.

Another theory is that The Mai-Kai doesn't use Fassionola straight out of the bottle. My guess is it's combined with a few other things into a proprietary mix. There's something in old recipes called "No. 7" that remains a mystery.



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