Thursday 13 December 2012

Winter Cocktails: "The Rockefeller" from Veneto in Victoria

Today Katie McDonald from Veneto Tapa Lounge in Victoria gives us her Christmas Manhattan. It's named in honour of the plaza dead-centre of the city where the lighting of New York's giant Christmas tree is an annual tradition: The Rockefeller.

She infuses a Canadian whisky with a Chai tea, which employs the usual Christmas suspects: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom.

The Rockefeller
2oz Chai spice-infused Alberta Premium Rye Whisky
1oz Cinzano Rosso
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters

Gently stir all ingredients together and strain into a chilled coupe, 
garnish with a brandied cherry and some torched orange oil.

Bar manager Simon Ogden explains the Chai: "We infuse ours with Silk Road Chai, made by a Victoria-based tea company, but it's fun to make your own as well from winter spices. It doesn't take much to infuse, maybe an hour, and it can definitely overpower the whiskey if you're not careful."
Searching online for homemade Chai brings an array of recipes and is fun to do during this season anyway, so give it a try!

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