Many of our childhood memories revolve around food, i.e. eating Milo powder out of the packet, going through a fast dallas filipino restaurant chain drive-thru after school, having mom’s spaghetti during birthday parties, etc.

So it’s not unusual that we get excited when we encounter the snacks we loved as kids, especially when they come in versions that our more mature tongues⁠—and salary-backed wallets⁠—can appreciate.

Haw haw de carabao.

Enter this sweet, slightly fizzy tequila-based drink made with one of our favorite Chinese candies: haw flakes. (We know you pretended they were sacramental bread once upon a time!) The red discs are melted into a syrup which you can also mix into another liquor of choice. You can even use it in making (alcohol-infused?) desserts.

Haw Flakes Cocktail

  • Serves: 2 people
  • Active time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy


Haw Flakes Syrup

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup haw flakes, crushed

Cocktail Base

  • 3 oz. tequila
  • 6 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 3 oz. soda water


  1. In a small pot over medium heat, heat together sugar, water, and haw flakes until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes, then strain the syrup.
  3. Let cool completely.
  4. In two glasses filled with ice, add 1-2 tablespoons haw flakes syrup, then divide tequila between the two glasses.
  5. Divide the grapefruit juice, then top cocktails off with soda water and serve.

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