With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, we have been working overtime on creating a series of fall and holiday-themed tiki cocktails.
I personally love this time of year. The cold temperatures and early sunsets make for ideal drinking weather - plus, we get to experiment with the lesser used ingredients of the tiki world.
This week we present the Sailor’s Harvest. Made with cinnamon, vanilla, allspice and apricot liquor, it’s like a Christmas pastry in a cup - a bit on the desserty side, but not too sweet (more like a savory/spice filled dessert)
The following post provides the necessary ingredients and steps for making this drink at home. Let us know what you think in the comments - cheers!
Glassware: Brandy Snifter
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake with ice for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass with crushed ice, and add 5-6 dashed of orange bitters (optional step).
Garnish with grated nutmeg, a dried orange/lemon peel, and 3 luxardo cherries on a decorative cocktail pick.
Wayward Spirits Rating:
Overall Score - 4.5
“Sailor’s Harvest” is a delicious holiday tiki drink. The molasses and butterscotch finish on the El Dorado 8 Year ties a nice bow on the vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and warm-yet-fruity apricot liquor - and the addition of citrus helps keep the drink from feeling too heavy.
It’s truly a fantastic replacement for mulled wine or a hot toddy, while still staying in the holiday spirit. Plus, it’s sure to impress guests who want a special or unique holiday cocktail, but tend to avoid heavy nogs or butter-based drinks.