At Nico’s Pier 38, Lyon-born chef Nico Chaize serves some of Oahu’s most creative drinks, like a citrusy marriage of cognac and Hawaiian vodka that he sweetens with passion fruit syrup. This recipe first appeared in the iPad edition of our October 2013 issue with the article A Toast to Paradise.

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This tropical cocktail is a citrusy marriage of cognac and Hawaiian vodka sweetened with passion fruit syrup.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail


  • 1 (3″-strip) lemon zest
  • 1 oz. Hypnotiq French cognac
  • 34 oz. vodka
  • 13 oz. passion fruit syup, preferably Lilikoi Passion Fruit Syrup
  • 2 oz. lemon-lime soda
  • 1 rock candy swizzle stick, for garnish


  1. Twist and rub lemon zest around rim of a martini glass and drop into a martini glass. Combine cognac, vodka, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into glass; top with soda and garnish with rock candy stick.