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Hemingway's nog

Hemingway's nog
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

After last-minute shopping at two malls and a side trip to find wrapping paper only to come home and discover you've run out of Scotch tape, nothing makes the holidays happier than a good stiff drink. It's even better if ... Read more

Total time: 5 minutes | Serves 1
  • 1 1/2 ounces dark rum (Straus uses Atlantico)
  • 3/4 ounce vanilla simple syrup (or vanilla liqueur such as Licor 43)
  • 1 ounce creme fraiche
  • 3 dashes bitters (Straus uses Bittermens Tiki Bitters)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Step 1In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the rum, vanilla simple syrup, creme fraiche and bitters. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Note: Adapted from Alex Straus, Hemingway's Bar. To make vanilla simple syrup, place 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, into a small pot; boil until the sugar is dissolved. Strain and cool before using. This makes 1 cup; it will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks.

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