Cinnamon Sazerac

OK, this is a great twist on a New Orleans classic borrowed from my friend  Josh Cole at http://cocktailassembly.com/2010/07/cinnamon-sazerac.

1/4 oz. Corsair Artisan Red Absinthe
2 oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
Couple dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
4 drops of Maple bitters
Garnish with a lemon twist
Chill a small cocktail glass with ice and set aside.

In a separate mixing glass add cinnamon syrup (see below), Peychaud’s bitters and Sazerac Rye followed by ice. Stir.

Discard ice from the chilled cocktail glass and rinse with Corsair Artisan Red Absinthe. There are two options for successfully achieving the rinse. The first is to pour the Absinthe into the chilled glass, roll it around glazing the sides and discarding the remainder from the glass. Unfortunately my heart breaks a little when I have to discard liquor so my preference and recommendation is to use an atomizer and spray the inside of the glass instead. Alas, no waste. Warm heart vs. bruised heart.

Once the cocktail glass is prepared strain in the other ingredients from the mixing glass.

Add 4 drops of Maple bitters.

Twist a lemon peel over the top to release the oils into the drink.

Enjoy.

Cinnamon Syrup

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks

Place the cinnamon sticks into a small bag and crush with a rolling pin or something of equal destructive power. Now, the key is not to grind the sticks into powder but rather break them up into small pieces. And these little buggers are strong so feel free to harness your inner anger and let loose on them.

In a saucepan add sugar, water and crushed cinnamon sticks. Bring to a simmer for 15 minutes or so. Take pan off the heat and allow to set for a couple (or few) hours. This allows the cinnamon flavor to really dig in and the syrup to cool down completely. After this, strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer, or piece of cheesecloth, into a glass bottle. It’s now ready for consumption. Be sure to refrigerate.

 

 

 

 

 

Old Fashioned

Originating in the early 1800′s the Old Fashioned may be the first drink to be called a cocktail. It is traditionally served in a short glass now called an Old Fashioned glass.

Cocktail Ingredients:
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 sugar cube
3 dashes Angostura bitters
club soda

Instructions:
Place the sugar cube in an Old-Fashioned glass. ADD 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a splash of water or club soda. Crush the sugar with a wooden muddler OR strong spoon. Rotate the glass so that the sugar grains and bitters give it a lining. Add a large ice cube. Pour in the rye (or bourbon). Serve with a stirring rod. Garnish with an orange slice or cherries.

Sazerac

Great for summer and winter. One of the oldest cocktails, this one is always best served chilled chilled glass, not on the rocks.

Cocktail Ingredients:
2oz Rye, do not use bourbon
1/4 oz simple syrup
4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
Splash of water

Instructions:
Fill mixing glass with ice and stir contents until chilled. Do NOT shake. Strain into an old-fashioned glass. Twist lemon peel for oils and discard. Serve and enjoy!

Manhattan

The favorite drink of the Rat Pack, the Manhattan packs a delicious punch! It’s an easy recipe and a classic drink.

Cocktail ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 Dash Bitters (Angostura or Peychaud’s Orange Bitters)

Directions:
Stir (or shake, your choice) with cracked ice and strain into a lowball glass/ old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry.