101 Best New Cocktails: Old Fashioned Holiday by Michael Gatlin, Evo, Portland, ME, USA

by Gaz Regan · Friday, January 8th, 2016 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Old Fashioned Holiday

Michael Gatlin, Evo, Portland, ME, USA

“I was asked by the owners of Evo to make some festive drinks for the Christmas season. This one was hands-down everyone’s favorite. The nutmeg and cinnamon mix well with the autumn spices of the Averna. So this drink is now on our winter menu.” Michael Gatlin

Old Fashioned Holiday60 ml (2 oz) Nutmeg-Infused Old Overholt Rye*

15 ml (.5 oz) Averna amaro

15 ml (.5 oz) Cinnamon Syrup**

2 dashes Owl and Whale cherry bitters

1 maraschino cherry, as garnish

Stir over ice and pour the liquid and dirty rocks into a rocks glass. Add the garnish and guzzle.

*Nutmeg-Infused Old Overholt Rye: Crack open 10 whole nutmeg pods. Add to a 750-ml bottle of Old Overholt rye whiskey. Let infuse at least four days—nutmeg infusion happens fast—then strain and rebottle.

**Cinnamon Syrup: Combine 480 ml (2 cups) water, 400 g (2 cups) granulated sugar, and 30 g (1 oz) muddled cinnamon sticks in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for ten minutes. Cool, strain, and bottle.

gaz sez: I don’t care what time of year it is. I don’t care if the weather outside is frightful. Fact is that this drinks is so darned good you’ll find it real hard to stop at just one. As I learned recently . . .

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