Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Merry and Bright Elixir with W. R. Welter White Rye Whiskey

A great cocktail to be Merry in Michigan through the Holiday Season!  The Merry and Bright Elixir captures the essence of the holiday season with the flavors of honey, orange marmalade, Great Lakes Tea and Spice Vietnamese "Saigon" cinnamon and W. R. Welter White Rye Whiskey, Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks, MI.  Bright, vibrant and festive, this elixir is perfect for cozy evenings by the fire.  Vietnamese ‘Saigon’ Cinnamon is considered the finest quality and most flavorful cinnamon in the world due to its high oil contents and rich, dark, distinctly sweet flavor and complex aroma. 

Merry and Bright Elixir

1 1/2 oz. W. R. Welter White Rye Whiskey (Three Oaks, MI)
3/4 oz. Spiced Orange Syrup
3/4 oz. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Great Lakes Tea and Spice Vietnamese Saigon Cinnamon - garnish (Glen Arbor, MI)

Combine whiskey, orange syrup and lemon juice in a mixing glass.  Add ice to Boston Shaker, shake ingredients for 10 seconds.  Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a dusting of Great Lakes Tea and Spice Vietnamese Saigon Cinnamon.

Spiced Orange Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup honey 
16 oz. Sweet Orange Marmalade
3 Valencia Oranges
1/2 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks

Heat water over medium heat, slowly stir in honey. Once dissolved, add orange marmalade, stirring until dissolved. Add the juice of 3 oranges and continue stirring over medium heat. Add sugar and continue stirring. Once syrup reaches a slow rolling boil, remove from heat and add 2 cinnamon sticks. Allow syrup to cool, remove cinnamon sticks after 20 minutes. Fine strain syrup into a storage bottle and refrigerate for up to three weeks.

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