'Tis the season for bourbon spiked cocktails and mulled wine. Which is exactly why this cocktail is going to blow your mind. It's tequila based but feels just as festive as the rest of those other, more expected holiday libations. The recipe below is my interpretation of a cocktail called "House Cider Rules!" from one of my favorite books, Craft Cocktails, which is filled with brilliant recipes by Brian Van Flandern, most of which were developed during his time working as head mixologist for Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York.
makes one cocktail
1 3/4 oz fresh nonalcoholic apple cider (look for one at your local farmers market)
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz agave nectar
1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila (I like Casamigos)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Garnish: cinnamon stick
Place all ingredients in a cocktail tin and dry-shake, to emulsify the cinnamon. Add large ice cubes and shake vigorously. Taste for balance. Double-strain into a tumbler over fresh ice. Garnish and serve.
Notes // I also added a little mini apple wheel for garnish and a Jacobsen Citrus and Spice Cocktail Salt rim.