A supremely Christmassy cocktail hand-crafted by my brother-in-law Brian. Judge not by his leering stare; he’s one of the good guys.
Trinidad Especial (hat tip to KJ of the Flatiron Lounge)
1 oz. Angostura Bitters
1 oz. Orgeat (almond syrup)
2/3 oz. fresh lime juice
1/3 oz. Pisco
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake it. Strain into a coupe or martini glass. Sip in front of a roaring fire.
I know it seems like an alarming quantity of bitters, but go with it. The sweetness of the almond syrup tames the bitterest edge, while the lime and Pisco add some necessary brightness. The end result is a cocktail where the warming qualities of the Angostura shine through, and the cinnamon, clove, and other spice notes are the essence of the holidays in a glass.