Our mixologist Charles Tappan celebrates the season with these festive drinks.
By Charles M. Tappan, Jr
Holidays, like a great cocktail, bring people together. This beverage takes inspiration from the unique holiday, Guy Fawkes Day. Instead of an explosion, this potent potable enlists a classic drink style to ease the day down. As many holiday cocktails do, this beverage takes the form of a classic punch. For the base, gin comes to play. To make this a memorable holiday, a citrus gin is called for. The flavors set the tone to help meld and develop the additional flavors, much as a great table setting does for a holiday meal. Sweet, sour, and tartness are added through the flavors of currant (crème cassis), honey, and lemon. Finally, Earl Gray tea rounds out the drink in a calming fashion, settling the flavors, and mixing the tones. This holiday season don’t make a Fawkes Pas. Instead, raise a glass and enjoy the evening with a great classical punch that can even go with tea and scones the next day!
Glassware: Glass Mug
1.5 oz. Tinkerman’s Citrus Supreme Gin
2.5 oz. Earl Gray Tea (chilled)
.5 oz. Crème Cassis
.25 oz. Honey Syrup
.25 oz. Lemon Juice
Garnish: Lemon Wheel
Directions: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake to a slow 13 count. Strain over ice into a tall glass; garnish, serve and enjoy!
*Honey syrup – combine equal parts honey and hot water and stir till properly integrated.
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