the winter hello cocktail

December 11, 2015

winter hello cocktail // forage + fodder

meet our latest cocktail, the winter hello. it’s an easy sipper perfect for catching up with loved ones during the holidays and an excellent choice for the relative who likes a drink that’s “not too boozy.”  this cocktail does involve a bit of prep upfront, with the roasted grapes and cinnamon syrup, but the good news is, you can use them for other recipes throughout the week. i recommend roasting an entire pan of grapes, and using the leftovers in a couscous salad, your morning oatmeal, or served over vanilla ice cream. yum. these beauties are pure magic to me – they taste like brown sugar and are so simple to make.

winter hello cocktail // forage + fodder

how to roast grapes // line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly coat seedless red or holiday grapes in olive oil. roast at 400 degrees for 17-20 minutes until grapes are just short of bursting. remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

winter hello cocktail // forage + fodder

light cinnamon syrup

1/2 c water

1/4 c sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

bring water and sugar to a light boil until sugar has completely dissolved. remove from heat, add cinnamon sticks, and let sit for 30-60 minutes. the longer you let the syrup steep the stronger the cinnamon flavor. *this syrup is intentionally less sweet than most simple syrups to complement the sweetness of the grapes

winter hello cocktail // forage + fodder

the winter hello cocktail

-4 muddled roasted grapes

-1 1/2 oz bourbon

-1/2 oz light cinnamon syrup

-2 dashes angostura bitters

-splash of lemon juice

garnish with a roasted grape and cinnamon stick

in a cocktail shaker muddle roasted grapes until well juiced. add in cinnamon syrup, bourbon, bitters, and lemon juice. fill with ice and shake vigorously until shaker begins to condensate. using a collins strainer, strain into a highball glass. add large ice cube and garnish with a cinnamon stick and roasted grape.

makes one drink

suggested album pairing:

coming home // leon bridges

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