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Birds of Paradise Strong Water cocktail

Summer vacation captured in a glass.

Although Anaheim tropical bar Strong Water, which is a freeway exit away from Disneyland, features a rum-heavy menu, bartender Lynette Le-Lim wanted to create a vodka drink that tasted like biting into fresh fruit on a hot day. Her Birds of Paradise cocktail not only does that, but she says it’s “approachable to anyone who wants to enjoy escapism with a libation.” 


  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. rich simple syrup (2:1)
  • 1 fresh whole strawberry
  • 3 hot house cucumber slices
  • 1 dash peach bitters (Le-Lim uses Fee Brothers)
  • Tools:muddler, shaker, fine strainer, strainer
  • Glass:hurricane
  • Garnish:chilled strawberry slices, umbrella


Muddle strawberry, cucumber, and syrup together in the shaker. Add rest of ingredients and ice to the shaker. Shake and double strain over pebble ice in a glass. Garnish.

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