For those of us who live in the sort of place where the winter holidays are anything but chilly, hot and steamy seasonal drinks get old fast. This Christmas, we’ll be serving up barman Phillip Ward’s Cinnsation. It’s all the holiday spice we love, in a crisp, refreshing package.
Ward calls for mulled or spiced apple cider. You may be able to find this in the juice section of your grocery store, especially around the holidays. If not, unfiltered apple juice will do just fine.
The mezcal you use should be aged if possible; joven mezcal has a much sharper, more vegetal flavor that can overpower the delicate cinnamon and apple flavors of the Cinnsation.
- 1½ parts Mezcal
- 1½ parts mulled Cider
- ¾ part Lemon juice
- ½ part Cinnamon syrup
- 1 dash Creole bitters or Aromatic bitters or Apple bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with an apple slice, spritzed with lemon juice to prevent browning.
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- The Cinnsation Cocktail Recipe at Imbibe magazine