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Gangster’s Paradise

gangster's paradise cocktail

Spare Room

“It was only a few years ago that I started to get to know the flavor profile and applications of turmeric in cocktails,” says Yael Vengroff, the beverage director of Spare Room in Los Angeles. “One day, I was playing around with the flavor triangle of carrot, turmeric and coconut and landed on the Gangster's Paradise. I wound up not using coconut in the cocktail but used passion fruit and cream to create this spin on a Colada.”


  • 1 1/2 ounces Mount Gay Black Barrel rum
  • 1/2 ounce Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Original rum
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounce passion fruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce cinnamon syrup
  • 3/4 ounce heavy cream
  • 1 drop turmeric oil (1 part turmeric oil and 1 part water)
  • Garnish: edible orchid
  • Garnish: shredded carrot
  • Garnish: pineapple fronds


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Pour into a hurricane glass and top with crushed ice.

  3. Garnish with an edible orchid, shredded carrot and pineapple fronds.