ADVENT CALENDAR: MEDITERRANEAN CHRISTMAS WREATH

For Day Twelve of the cocktail advent calendar, I created a "Mediterranean Christmas Wreath." I incorporated an assortment of ingredients from the Mediterranean and featured blood oranges, a citrus that ripens in the Mediterranean during the winter. I even used a gin from the Spanish Mediterranean island of Menorca.

For the drink:

-2 oz gin (Xoriguer Mahón)

-1 1/2 oz fresh blood orange juice

-1/4 oz fresh lemon juice

-1/2 oz spiced simple syrup

-6 chocolate mint leaves


Garnish:

Chocolate mint sprig


Glassware:

Nick and Nora


Add the mint leaves and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker and muddle for about 5 seconds. Combine the rest of the ingredients in the shaker and fill with ice until it's about three-quarters full. Shake until chilled, about 5-10 seconds. Pour through a Hawthorne and fine mesh strainer and garnish.


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