To ring in the 12 Days of Christmas this year, we’ve asked a dozen top bartenders across the country for their favorite holiday drinks. We’ll be featuring a new cocktail here on the blog every day.
Here, bartender Natasha David from New York City’s Nitecap shares her recipe for a holiday cocktail subtly spiced with cinnamon and allspice. The recipe makes enough spiced syrup for several cocktails.
For the spiced syrup:
1 cup (8 oz./250 g) granulated sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 allspice berries
2 oz. (60 ml) Plantation 3 Star Silver Rum or other good-quality dry white rum
3/4 oz. (20 ml) fresh lime juice
1 tsp. orange marmalade, preferably Bonne Maman
Lime wedge for garnish
To make the spiced syrup, in a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries and 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then gently simmer for 10 to 15 minutes; do not let the mixture boil. Remove from the heat, let cool to room temperature and strain, discarding the solids. The syrup can be kept, covered, in the refrigerator for up to a month.
To assemble the drink, in a cocktail shaker, combine the rum, lime juice, orange marmalade and 1/2 oz. (15 ml) of the spiced syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass or coupe, garnish with the lime wedge and serve. Makes 1 drink.
Natasha David, co-owner, Nitecap, New York City, NY