ADVENT CALENDAR: TREE TOPPER

For Day Three of the cocktail advent calendar, I created "The Tree Topper." This herbaceous cocktail features an array of bitter and sweet flavors that reminded me of a fresh Christmas tree. The rich reddish color added a festive element and the garnish was a loose interpretation of an angel ornament.


For the drink:

-2 oz sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica)

-1 oz Amaro Praga (or medium bodied Amaro)

-1 oz fresh grapefruit juice

-3/4 oz sweet tamarind simple syrup

-1/8 teaspoon orange blossom water

-4 pineapple sage leaves


Garnish:

Pineapple sage leaves

Grapefruit peel


Glassware:

Nick and Nora


Add the pineapple sage leaves and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle for about five seconds. Combine the remaining ingredients and add ice until about three-quarters full. Shake for 5-10 seconds until chilled. Pour through a Hawthorne and fine mesh strainer into the glass and garnish.


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