The Réveillon Cocktail is a complex, spicy autumn drink that combines two of my favorites: Applejack and Pimento Dram (an allspice liqueur). I found it via Cocktail Chronicles, who named it & Gumbo Pages who invented it around Christmas 2005.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 ounces Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy (substitute Laird’s Applejack or your favorite Calvados).
- 1/2 ounce pear brandy (make sure it’s a clear eau-de-vie, not a liqueur).
- 1/2 ounce pimento dram.
- 1/4 ounce top-shelf sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica Formula or Punt-E-Mes).
- 1 dash aromatic cocktail bitters (Angostura is good, Fee Brothers’ Old Fashion Bitters are better, Abbott’s Bitters — if you can get any — are spectacular).
Combine ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker. Stir like hell for no less than 30 seconds, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.