Wednesday 19 December 2012

Winter Cocktails: "The Yukon Cornelius" from Veneto in Victoria

Last week Veneto shared their "Rockefeller" - a Manhattan with chai-spiced whiskey. Bar manager Simon Ogden has contributed another tasty winter drink, again employing the infused rye. This nog finds its name from the 1964 holiday stop-motion classic, "Rudolph: The Red-Nosed Reindeer." In the film, Rudolph meets the self-proclaimed "greatest prospector in the north," Yukon Cornelius, who eventually finds what he's spent his whole life seeking: the legendary peppermint mine. This drink is brimming with Christmas flavours, and is an excellent reason to make a chestnut syrup, which makes for some festive baking as well as cocktails.

The Yukon Cornelius
2 oz Chai spice-infused rye whiskey
1/2oz chestnut-infused syrup
A whisper of Menthe Pastille mint liqueur
1 whole egg

Dry shake all ingredients together, then shake briskly with ice and strain. 
Finish with a little fresh-grated nutmeg and cinnamon bark.

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