December 11, 2013 in Recipes
This week’s cocktail was conceived as part of a cocktail competition for ShakeStir.com. They asked for submissions to be inspired by the holidays (thus the name derived from the 12 Days of Christmas) and include two of their sponsor products. The only two sponsor products I had on hand were Monkey Shoulder and Amaro Montenegro. Both of which are products I love and try to always have in my bar. The rules also stated that there needed to be at least 3/4 oz of each of the sponsored products. This meant that 3/4 oz of the Amaro was going to make my drink on the bitter side. Rather than do a stirred, bitter drink, which I think is the obvious way to go, I wanted to do a shaken drink. That’s also my preferred style of cocktail. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy an old fashioned or a sazerac just as much as the next person. But when it comes down to it, 9 times out of 10 I will choose to make something shaken and less spirit-forward. It’s just my personal taste.
In any case, I thought the whisky and the amaro worked really well together, giving it a bitter edge, but I tried to balance that out with a bit of sweetness and holiday spice notes from the Glögg and some lemon for a touch of sour. The cranberries added a bit of color to the drink and a very festive garnish. I know there have been several drinks on the blog lately with cranberries. I have a whole bag of them, people! You’re going to see cranberries in my drinks for a while until their gone. But who cares, they’re pretty and they exemplify the holidays. Hope you enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Ten Monkeys Leaping
1 1/2 oz Monkey Shoulder
3/4 Amaro Montenegro
3/4 Geijer Glögg
3/4 Lemon Juice
Muddle 6 cranberries in a shaker or mixing glass. Combine remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Serve over ice in a lowball and garnish with remaining cranberries.