Winter (and Christmas) is coming, so I’ve been in the mood for a full and rich cocktail. Sure, I could’ve gone with tried and true classics like the Brandy Alexander or Hot Buttered Rum, but instead I decided to get a bit more creative.
I set out to create my own seasonal cocktail; One that reminded me of winter and one that could be served alongside any of the classic Holiday cocktails – and hold its own.
I call this the Aztec Snow. How have I not been published yet?
2 oz bourbon
¼ oz crème de cacao
¼ oz Galliano (or other vanilla liqueur)
¾ oz egg white
2 dashes Aztec chocolate bitters
To a cocktail shaker, add all the ingredients (except for the nutmeg) and dry shake vigorously. Add ice and shake again. Double strain into a coupe and garnish with nutmeg.
You should find a good balance between the chocolate and vanilla flavours, with the nutmeg adding that aromatic punch, while the bourbon grounds it to avoid being overly sweet. The Aztec chocolate bitters is what really makes this guy shine, making it a true Holiday treat.
While the weather outside may be frightful, this is sure to be a delight for your friends and family during the Holidays. Add it to your menu this season and you may wish winter lasted just a little bit longer….
…and leave one out for Santa.