Winter Solstice Cocktail

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Winter Solstice Cocktail is made with rye, mezcal, and FOS Greek Mastiha a liqueur made from the resin of the Mastic Tree an evergreen shrub  native to the island of Chios, Greece. It’s smoky, lightly pined taste will remind you of a walk in the woods on a winter’s evening.

Winter Solstice Cocktail

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Make the spruce-scented simple syrup: Combine 1 cup granulated sugar, ½ cup water, and ½ cup roughly chopped, lightly packed, spruce, pine, or fir tips in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a low boil then then remove from heat. Allow the syrup to cool completely and then cover and set aside about 8 hours for the flavors to meld. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a jar or bottle before using. If refrigerated, this syrup will keep up to two weeks.

Winter Solstice Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce FOS Greek Mastiha
  • ½ ounce mezcal
  • ½ ounce spruce-scented simple syrup (see notes)
  • conifer tip (as garnish)
  • fresh cranberry (as garnish)

Directions

Place one extra large ice cube or three medium ice cubes into a double old-fashioned glass; set aside. Combine rye, lemon juice, mastiha, mezcal, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker 2/3 filled with medium ice cubes. Shake and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a little conifer tip and a cranberry.