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Bah! Humbug!

Bah! Humbug!
Hinoki & the Bird

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10 minutes, plus infusing time | Serves 1

Vanilla bean and orange simple syrup

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Zest from 1 orange, removed in a thick strip
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Step 1In a measuring cup or bowl, muddle the vanilla, orange zest and rosemary in the sugar. Add the water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Set the syrup aside for a few hours to give the flavors time to infuse. Strain before using. This makes a generous 1/2 cup simple syrup, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe. The syrup will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week.

Bah! Humbug!

  • 2 ounces dark rum, preferably Zaya
  • 3/4 ounce coconut cream
  • 3/4 ounce vanilla bean and orange simple syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters, preferably Angostura
  • 2 dashes chile chocolate bitters, preferably Miracle Mile
  • Grated nutmeg, for garnish
  • Flaming rosemary sprig, garnish

Step 1In a cocktail shaker, combine the rum, cream, simple syrup and bitters over ice. Shake well and strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Add ice, and garnish with grated nutmeg and a flaming rosemary sprig.

Note: Adapted from Hinoki and & the Bird bar manager Gregory Westcott.


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