101 Best New Cocktails: Krampus by Erika Joyner, Salt of the Earth, Pittsburgh

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, January 26th, 2013 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2012

Adapted from a recipe by Erika Joyner, Salt of the Earth, Pittsburgh, PA.

“The Krampus cocktail is a surprising bright red treat. At first you think the cocktail might be too sweet, then the Campari comes in and cuts it. Then a kick of heat and smooth chocolate finish. It’s like a party for your senses. You can also shake the cocktail with a piece of hot pepper instead of infusing into the vodka. The molasses simple is made by matching equal parts water and molasses.” Erika Joyner.KRAMPUS

60 ml (2 oz) vodka (infused with hot pepper)

30 ml (1 oz) blood orange juice or puree

15 ml (.5 oz) Campari

15 ml (.5 oz) molasses simple syrup

7.5 ml (.25 oz) fresh lemon juice

Cocoa powder, as garnish

Hard-shake over ice and double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a few shakes of cocoa powder over the drink as garnish.

“Krampus is the dark counterpart of Saint Nicholas, the traditional European gift-bringer who visits on his holy day of December 6th, a few weeks earlier than his offshoot Mr. Claus. Like his American descendant, the bishop-garbed St. Nicholas rewards good kids with gifts and treats; unlike the archetypal Santa, however, St. Nicholas never punishes naughty children, parceling out this task to a ghastly helper from below.

“Known by many names across the continent, such as Knecht Ruprecht, Klaubauf, Pelzebock, Schmutzli and Krampus, this figure is unmistakably evil; he often appears as a traditional red devil with cloven hoof and goatish horns, although he can also be spotted as an old bearded wild-man or a huge hairy beast. He comes to punish the naughty children, and is often depicted carrying them in chains or in a basket to a fiery place below.” From www.krampus.com.

gaz sez: Here’s a spicy dram that jumps all over your mouth then glides down the throat as innocently as a baby. What was that? You ask yourself. Next thing you know you’re going back for more. It’s pretty astounding.

This is one of 2012’s 101 Best New Cocktails.

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