The perfect wintertime bourbon cocktail for celebrating both Christmas and the New Year! Our exquisite Christmas in Connecticut , a Holiday Spice Bourbon Cocktail, is made with a special yet incredibly quick and easy rich simple syrup, Holiday Spice Honey Syrup. The syrup is made with honey, granulated pure cane sugar and a classic blend of Christmas holiday whole spices to spice up and sweeten your cocktail just right. Recipe includes vegan option. This cocktail tastes just like Christmas and holiday guests will rave!
A New Holiday Classic:
Christmas in Connecticut – Holiday Spice Bourbon Cocktail
With Christmas just about two weeks away, I am all about quick and easy recipes that require little effort yet provide an impressive flavor profile and festive presentation for holiday guests.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I am happy to share an exceptional bourbon holiday cocktail recipe, Christmas in Connecticut – Holiday Spice Bourbon Cocktail, that will warm your ever-loving bourbon heart. The recipe incorporates our our incredibly quick and easy recipe for a spiced “rich simple syrup”, Holiday Spice Honey Syrup.
Rich simple syrups are just that—rich, because they are comprised of a ratio of 2:1 for sugar to water versus regular simple syrup with a 1:1 ratio. Therefore, they are sweeter and relatively thicker in consistency. Bakers and mixologists alike rely on simple syrups to glaze pastries and brush onto layer cakes and pound cakes to enhance appearance and add flavor and moisture as well as sweeten cold beverages and cocktails.
In late October, I set out to create a fabulous holiday bourbon cocktail inspired by one of my favorite vintage holiday films starring Barbara Stanwyck—Christmas in Connecticut (1945). In fact, I named the cocktail Christmas in Connecticut in homage to the film as Barbara Stanwyck was my Grandma Gigi’s favorite actress. However, I went with the subtitle of Holiday Spice Bourbon Cocktail so bourbon cocktail fans are able to easily find it. Believe me, this cocktail is not to be missed!
In the film, Christmas in Connecticut, journalist Elizabeth Lane is the country’s most famous and beloved food writer. Her reading audience is captivated by her personality and the lifestyle she portrays in her articles of living on a working farm, being an excellent cook and married with children. The problem? It’s all a facade. The truth is, she’s an unmarried New Yorker and a terrible cook who cannot even boil an egg or flip a flapjack. In fact, all the recipes for her column come from her close friend, Felix. Hilarity ensues when Miss Lane attempts to cover up her deceptions and keep her columnist job after the owner of the magazine, Mr. Yardley, has invited a returning war hero, a rather handsome sailor, to her “farm” to celebrate a traditional family Christmas.
This spiced bourbon cocktail, with a homemade spiced honey simple syrup, such as our Holiday Spice Honey Syrup, is what I would imagine Miss Lane would serve her holiday guests to celebrate a traditional Christmas in Connecticut—that is, if she were a real food writer and wicked mixologist or the recipe had been given to her by Felix.
As I stated previously, although the title of our recipe for Holiday Spice Honey Syrup sounds quite complicated, I can assure you it is as easy as 1-2-3. A snap in just 20 minutes. In fact, this syrup recipe is so quick and easy that even Miss Lane could make it.
Your holiday guests will rave when you mix up this fabulous bourbon cocktail. The flavor profile is exceptional and this sip really does taste just like Christmas. Bourbon lovers will be over-the-moon for it!
Mix up a batch of our special simple syrup, Holiday Spice Honey Syrup, to either give as a gift from the kitchen or to keep on hand to stock your bar throughout the holiday season and into the New Year as guests drop by. Then try our smashing original bourbon cocktail, Christmas in Connecticut – Holiday Spice Bourbon Cocktail and prepare to be spellbound.
My friends, this magnificent bourbon cocktail has become an absolute favorite of mine. You and your bourbon-loving holiday guests will love it. I promise.
P.S. Warning: Go easy on this one ladies. As my grandpa would say, “It may grow hair on your chest.” Do drink and drive responsibly and safely this holiday season, my friends.
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The perfect wintertime bourbon cocktail for celebrating both Christmas and the New Year! Our exquisite Holiday Spice Bourbon Cocktail – Christmas in Connecticut is made with a special yet easy rich simple syrup. This cocktail tastes just like Christmas and holiday guests will rave!
For the Syrup
- Holiday Spice Honey Syrup, recipe by Wicked Good Kitchen
For the Cocktail
- 3 ounces (90 ml) fine-quality bourbon
- 1 ounce (30 ml) fine-quality tart cherry liqueur
- ½ ounce (15 ml) Holiday Spice Honey Syrup, or more to taste
- ½ ounce (15 ml) cranberry juice or fresh pomegranate juice, or more to taste
- ¼ ounce (7.5 ml) fine-quality orange liqueur
- A few dashes bitters
- Ice cubes
For the Garnishes
- Fresh sprig of rosemary
- Fresh orange peel curl
- Cocktail shaker with strainer
- Old-fashioned cocktail glass
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add remaining cocktail ingredients and shake vigorously, about 20 seconds. Strain into glass filled with ice and garnish as desired. Serve immediately.
- Yield: Makes 2 cocktails.
Preparation time above does not include making the Holiday Spiced Honey Syrup and cooling time. Make the syrup in advance and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Pom Wonderful® may be substituted for fresh pomegranate juice.
Wicked Good Kitchen highly recommends selecting organic ingredients whenever possible.
For this recipe, we highly recommend fine-quality bourbon, such as Blanton’s® Original Single Barrel Bourbon, fine-quality tart cherry liqueur, such as Dancing Pines®, organic cranberry juice or fresh pomegranate juice and fine-quality orange liqueur, such as Cointreau® or Grand Marnier®.
Recipe Adapted From: The Barn Nail by Williams-Sonoma
Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com
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