You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!
‘Tis the season for gifts and travel and I am benefiting from both. My friend Lizzie over at Corkscrews & Curls travels for work and oh so kindly brings me back bottled treasures. Most recently it was a bottle of Bénédictine, another lovely liqueur originally created by monks (the monasteries must be party central; I’m convinced monks take a vow of silence because they would otherwise be slurring), and previously it was a small bottle of Becherovka from the Czech Republic.
Where Bénédictine is light and soft, Becherovka is a bitter liquor and has been more challenging to use in cocktails. But as luck would have it, the latest issue of Imbibe Magazine features a great seasonal drink using both, AND takes its name from A Christmas Story, my favorite holiday movie.
You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out*2 oz aged rum 1/2 oz Becherovka 1/2 oz Bénédictine 1/4 oz cinnamon syrup 3 dashes orange bitters Orange twist garnish (optional)
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Cinnamon Syrup1 c sugar 1 c water 4-5 broken cinnamon sticks
Bring sugar and water to boil to make simple syrup. Reduce heat, add cinnamon and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain well once cooled. Bottle and refrigerate for a few weeks
This cocktail is flavorful and the not-in-your-face cinnamon accents are seasonally festive. The recipe suggests serving it up or in a rocks glass with a single large ice cube (I used my ice ball molds), and I prefer the latter. Unlike some drinks that fall apart as the ice melts, this one changes in a pleasing way. I’d even theorize that this would make an elegant small punch if displayed with a large ice block to slow melting. Both Bénédictine and Becherovka are also available at some local liquor stores.
*created by Mathias Simonis at Distil in Milwaukee, and included on page 42 of the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Imbibe Magazine.
As always, check out my Glossary of Spirits page for alcohol and mixer definitions and details.