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Nuit Rouge

Nuit Rouge
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: 40 minutes, plus cooling time for the syrup | Serves 1
Note: Adapted from Vincenzo Marianella, Copa d'Oro. For cranberry ice cubes, place cranberries into ice cube molds and pour cranberry juice to fill. Freeze until set.

Cinnamon-allspice syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 (4-inch) vanilla bean, split

Step 1In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Scrape the vanilla seeds into the pan; drop the pod in. Heat on medium-high, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

Step 2Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool, then strain. This makes 1 cup. Keep refrigerated up to 4 weeks.

Cocktail assembly

  • 2 ounces bourbon or Jamaican dark rum
  • 1/2 ounce cinnamon-allspice syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce organic apple juice
  • Cranberry ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 to 2 ounces Bundaberg ginger beer

Step 1In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the bourbon, syrup and lemon and apple juices. Shake; strain into a glass filled with cranberry ice cubes. Top with ginger beer.

Each cocktail:
252 calories; 0 protein; 32 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 28 grams sugar; 8 mg. sodium.
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