Cinnamon Warmer

One doesn’t have to experience sub-zero temperatures to enjoy the Cinnamon warmer. This winter drink has been in my book of favorites for several years and everyone I’ve introduced it to loves it. This instant classic from ‘the maestro’ Salvatore Calabrese, creator of the amazing Breakfast Martini, is found in his book Classic Cocktails. This drink is wonderful to keep simmering on the stove on a cold winter day filling the kitchen with an aroma of cinnamon and cider. Served hot It will warm your body and spirit, and it’s delicious over ice as wellCinnomon Warmer Mug

Cinnamon Warmer (one serving)

1 1/4 ounce Apple Brandy or Calvados
1 ounce Dark Rum (Myer’s works well)
1/2 ounce Orange Curacao
(John likes adding this for more orange flavor)
3 1/2 ounce clear apple juice
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3 thin slices of ginger root
1 tsp honey
3 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
Lemon and Orange peel
Lemon and Orange thinly sliced ‘wheels

Pour all of the liquid including the honey into a small saucepan and heat very slowly (do not boil). Wrap the slices of ginger, cinnamon stick and cloves in a square of cheesecloth tied in a knot and place in the saucepan. Float the lemon and orange wheels on top. Let simmer until slightly steaming and ladle into a mug or punch cup and garnish with the lemon and orange peel.

For 10 Servings

12.5 oz Apple Brandy
10 oz Dark Rum
5 oz Orange Curacao
35 oz apple juice or cider
7.5 oz fresh lemon juice
10 tsp of honey
30 slices of fresh ginger
30 cloves
10 cinnamon sticks
Lemon and Orange Peel