For my birthday last month, my amazing wife procured two tickets to a cocktail mixing class at Astor Wines on Lafayette Street. Well, the class was last night. After learning a good deal behind the history of cocktails and mixology, we then split up into teams to concoct our own signature drinks centered around a main alcoholic ingredient (my group was assigned gin). We experimented with several different variations before settling on the following recipe (which my teammates coined 'Winter Blood'):
2 oz. Gin
2 oz. Apple Cider
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
4 dashes Fee Bros. Old Fashioned Bitters
2 whole cloves
2 whole sage leaves
1 pinch of apple pie spice
The juice of 1 blood orange wedge
Directions: Add all ingredients to a Boston shaker with ice and shake very well. Strain into a champagne coupe glass. Garnish with a blood orange wedge on rim of glass.
Here's a picture of it as well.
I thought it was fairly tasty, something I might drink on or around Halloween perhaps, even though that wouldn't technically be winter. In any case, many thanks to Brooke for this lovely lecture on luscious libations!