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This is by far the most difficult drink in the Cocktail Advent Calendar. We did not make it authentically, but we did make it for service, and that is much harder. It is the winning recipe from 2006 at the Cocktail World Cup and is a twist on the classic cocktail: the posset. The recipe seems simple enough except that it is very hard to hold the posset in warm form form service. It is even harder to wield a red hot poker behind the bar, but we’ll get to that too. Anyone can give you the recipe, but here is how we did it:
in a crock pot keep mix
- 3 oz 42 Below Manuka Honey Vodka
- 3 oz dark ale -use a sweet one or add sugar
- 1 oz rum
- .5 oz honey
- .25 ox Benedictine
- 2 dash Angostura
separately and hold at a safe chilled temp mix
- 2 whole eggs
- 3 oz cream
- 1 tbsp sugar
Combine 3 oz warm mix to 2 oz cold mix in a toddy glass
Dip a hot poker is each mug
For our poker, we used an iron meat flipper kept hot by leaving it in a panini press. Finally got some use out of that thing. The sizzle from the poker does add an earthy smokey flavor to the drink, the hot poker was the microwave of it’s day.
For an old style cocktail I have an old style song, “Silent Night,” by Stanley Jordan. I couldn’t find it online, I got mine off a old Blue Note Jazz compilation.