A Storied Christmas Cocktail Recipe | Mulled Spiced Rhum Infusion
December 1, 2015
A Storied Christmas Cocktail Recipe | Mulled Spiced Rhum Infusion

Recreating the Red Ryder cocktail has become one of my favorite holiday traditions. I came up with this recipe years ago for a holiday pairing dinner with cinnamon as the theme, and have made it for friends and family ever

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Ingredients: Mulled Spiced Rhum Infusion, Dolin Rouge Sweet Vermouth, Benedictine, and Champagne

since. Not only is this cocktail seasonal and festive; it is also easy to make and the house-made infusion always impresses.

Here’s how to make a spirited memory — and no, you won’t shoot your eye out. *When preparing for future events, keep in mind that the infusion takes just over a week to prepare.

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Weigh out spices for infusion: Cinnamon, Clove, Anise, and Orange

Mulled Spiced Rhum Infusion

750ml Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star

1 Ceylon Cinnamon Stick

10 oz Clove

5 oz Anise

1 Orange

Weigh out spices. Using a potato peeler, gently peel the skin off the orange. Air-dry orange peels at room temperature for 24-48 hours. In a 1 liter glass jar (or any vessel with an airtight lid) combine dried peels, spices, and rhum. You can use any aged rum, preferably one on the drier side. I like to use Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star from Haiti, which is made from the juice of sugar cane and aged for eight years. Once sealed, gently shake to mix ingredients, then store in a dark cool place for one week. After one week fine strain infusion to remove spices. Pour the strained rhum back into it’s original bottle.


Mulled Spice Rhum Infusion

Red Ryder

1 ½ oz Mulled Spiced Rhum Infusion

3/4 oz Dolin Rouge Sweet Vermouth

½ oz Benedictine

2 ½ oz Champagne

Orange Twist and Brandied Cherry for Garnish

Combine first three ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a flute. Top with Champagne and garnish.

*Use any dry sparkling wine instead of Champagne. Spanish Cava is made in the same method as Champagne and is a great valued alternative. Choose one labeled Brut, Extra Brut or Brut Nature.

*Use any sweet vermouth. Make sure the bottle is no more than six weeks old and has been refrigerated once opened. Since this is a delicate cocktail, and the spiced rhum should be at the forefront, it’s preferable to use a lighter style sweet vermouth. Dolin Rouge keeps the drink soft and also adds dried fruit and floral notes.

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Red Ryder Cocktail