ADVENT CALENDAR: REINDEER GAMES

For Day Twenty-Two of the cocktail advent calendar, I created "Reindeer Games." I wanted to create a red cocktail for reindeer games to highlight Rudolph. Don Ciccio and Figli's Cerasum, a cherry aperitivo, served as a fantastic base, and including a whole egg provided a rich texture that made this drink special.

For the drink:

-1 1/4 oz cherry aperitivo (Don Ciccio & Figli Cerasum)

-3/4 oz sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica)

-1/2 oz crème de cacao (Tempus Fugit)

-1/3 oz simple syrup

-1 whole egg


Garnish:

Peychaud's bitters

Cocoa powder


Glassware:

Coupe


Place your coupe glass in the freezer. Combine all of the drink ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake without ice for 45 seconds. Add ice to the shaker until three quarters full and shake until chilled, about 5-10 seconds. Pour through a Hawthorne and fine mesh strainer. Allow to settle for 30-60 seconds. Use a dropper for the Peychaud's bitters to make Rudolph's nose. Then, rub a cocktail stick, needle, or similar implement in cocoa powder and draw the outline of the reindeer in the top layer of foam.


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