Cocktail Corner: Lebkuchen Cocktail

lebkuchen-cocktailHey, so it’s time to do something with that vodka we started to infuse back in September! Here’s the Lebkuchen cocktail I was telling you about.

I strongly associate clementines with the holidays, so I definitely recommend making this with clementine juice instead of straight orange juice if you can. Clementine juice is usually a bit sweeter than orange juice, which accentuates the flavor of the vodka, but it still has enough of a citric tang to offset the syrupy liqueurs in the cocktail.

Also, definitely don’t forget to top off the drink with seltzer water. It dilutes the drink a bit and adds a little Christmas sparkle.

Ingredients

40 milliliters of Lebkuchen vodka

20 milliliters of ginger liqueur

The juice of one clementine or 1 ounce of orange juice

2 dashes of bitters

2 teaspoons of amaretto

Seltzer water

Instructions

Chill a cocktail glass.

Add the vodka, ginger liqueur, juice, bitters, and amaretto to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the mix is well-blended and cold.

Double-strain (using a cocktail strainer and a sieve) into the chilled glass, then add the seltzer water to top the drink off.

Of course, if you didn’t start infusing your vodka back in September and you also don’t own a time machine, you can use cinnamon vodka instead. Be sure to finish the cocktail with a grating of nutmeg.