Max Messier, co-founder of syrup company Cocktail & Sons, created the Night Tripper as an ode to legendary New Orleans musician Dr. John. The Night Tripper was designed for Cocktail & Sons’ own King Cake syrup. King Cake is a local specialty cake flavored with cinnamon and containing a little plastic baby; whoever gets the slice with the baby must buy the next cake, as the custom goes.
Even with a standard commercial or homemade cinnamon syrup, the Night Tripper is shockingly similar to the flavor of that wonderful cake. One member of our team was absolutely rattled by the drink, amazed that it could taste so like the treat she remembered from her youth – and with so few ingredients, to boot!
Stir all ingredients with ice until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express an orange twist over the drink and drop in as a garnish.