donner-peltier distillers :: Recipes

King Cake Old Fashioned, courtesy of Abigail Gullo of SoBou

For the cinnamon syrup:

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
6 to 8 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

For the King Cake Old Fashioned:

1 (2 1/2-inch) ice cube or ice ball
2 ounces Rougaroux 13 Pennies Praline Rum
2 dashes of El Guapo Chicory-Pecan Bitters
1 (1/2- by 3-inch) piece orange peel and 2 to 3 golden raisins for garnish

Preparation

Make the cinnamon syrup:
In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and cinnamon sticks to a boil, stirring occasionally, and continue boiling until the sugar is completely dissolved, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool the syrup then remove and discard the cinnamon sticks. DO AHEAD: Cinnamon syrup can be made ahead and refrigerated, in an airtight container, for up to 1 week.

Make the King Cake Old Fashioned:
Place 1 (2 1/2-inch) ice cube in a rocks glass. Add the rum, the bitters, and 1/2 teaspoon (1/4 ounce) cinnamon syrup, and stir until well chilled. Squeeze the orange peel over the drink, making sure the oils fall into the glass, then thread the peel, along with the raisins, onto a cocktail pick. Place the pick in the drink and serve.