Cocktails and Movies Holiday Cocktail #14: First Snow

by Mike Reyes

Fight The Cold Weather With A Cold Drink!

cocktails and movies first snow cocktailWe were warned, we were hyped, and we were teased that the first snowfall of the season would be today. And like a pop star on construction equipment, the weather hit and it hit moderately hard. It’s cold, it’s messy, and I have to make it to work for my first day at the new job tomorrow. This situation, at face value, sucks. However, upon closer inspection, I have a bottomless DVD collection and books of cocktail recipes to keep me busy during the snowbound evening. And what better cocktail to celebrate the first snow of the season with than Schiller’s Liquor Bar’s own First Snow cocktail? Please be warned, this recipe IS a little involved. But you’re more than likely sitting at home, waiting out the storm. In which case, where are YOU going in such a hurry?

First Snow

“We wanted a Cocktail that would re-create the wonder and magic of the season’s first snow” – pg. 12, Schiller’s Liquor Bar: Cocktail Collection – Seasonal Drinks

First Snow
Superfine Bar Sugar (for rimming)
1 1/4 oz. Rye Whisky
1 1/4 oz. Winter Syrup*
1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 Cinnamon Stick, for garnish
Winter Syrup(pg. 70, Schiller’s Liquor Bar: Cocktail Collection – The Bartender’s Guide)

Makes Approximately 1 Pint

2 cups Water
2 cups Granulated Sugar
2 whole Cinnamon Sticks
1/2 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground Allspice
1/8 tsp. White Peppercorns
1/8 tsp. cloves

Winter Syrup
Place the Water, Sugar, Cinnamon Sticks, Nutmeg, Allspice, Peppercorns, and Cloves in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the Water is just below boiling, stirring well to ensure that all the Sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the Syrup to cool to room temperature. Transfer the syrup to a clean Mason jar, seal tightly, and refrigerate. After 1 week, strain out the Cinnamon sticks, Peppercorns, and Cloves. Return the syrup to a clean Mason jar, seal tightly, and refrigerate. It will last for about 1 month in the refrigerator.
First Snow
 Rim a martini glass with Sugar and set aside. Pour the Whisky, Winter Syrup, and Cranberry Juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 15-20 seconds, and strain into the Sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a Cinnamon Stick.
As with all of the Schiller’s Liquor Bar recipes we have (and will) feature, I have to thank Lauren Kuhn and Kevin Sweeting over at Crown Publishing for their generosity in giving us a copy of this awesome collection of cocktail manuals. Click the picture to whisk yourself away to, so that you may pick up a copy for yourself or as one of the best gifts of this holiday season.