In my opinion… there’s no better time for whiskey cocktails than winter. So, when we decided to come up with a pair of signature drinks for the little holiday soiree we featured yesterday, it was no surprise that whiskey be the base for both! Today, we bring you a drink we’ve called The Bourbon Épice (or Bourbon Spice).
I like drinks that aren’t too complicated to make, but with flavors that are unique – not always an easy combination to achieve in a cocktail! For this, we went to two of our favorite local crafters – OOLA Distillery and Seattle Cider Co - to create a perfect, locally-made recipe…
The Bourbon Épice //
- 2 oz OOLA Waitsburg Bourbon
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup (or agave)
- 4 oz Seattle Cider (use your favorite for just the right amount of sweet or dry)
- A dash of cinnamon bitters
Combine first three ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a large rocks glass over ice. Top with cider and garnish with freshly grated cinnamon.
If you can’t find cinnamon bitters, use the link above to make your own! We substituted cardamom for ours as it was readily available, and it worked well. The dry cider gave the drink a bitterness that you wouldn’t get with regular cider – I’d recommend it only for the serious drinker. Your average, sweeter cider would probably be a better bet for serving the masses! I like extra cinnamon bitters in mine… for a serious dash of spice!
photography by belathée