Ok so it’s really just a Manhattan that I’ve adapted with some classic holiday flavors. I’ve always been the person that likes to dress up simple cocktails to make the flavors a bit more interesting. Plus, I’m not a huge fan of very strong cocktails, so I add a little pizzazz.
Shrubs have been my go to cocktail compliment lately. They taste far less sugary than syrups, they’re easy to make and store, and drinking apple cider vinegar is actually quite good for you – so I tell myself my cocktails now have health benefits! They don’t but if you put the shrub with just some tonic water it is actually good for you and quite refreshing.
This drink makes use of an orange, ginger, cinnamon shrub I’ve grown very fond of – I’ve even made the cocktail with tequila instead of bourbon and surprisingly LOVED it! So experiment to your heart’s content.
Miracle on 34th Street Cocktail
For the Cocktail
- 2 Oz bourbon
- 1 Oz sweet vermouth
- 1 Oz orange ginger shrub
- 2 Dashes bitters
For the Orange Ginger Shrub
- 1 Cup water
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 Pound chopped orange leave the skin and rind on
- 3 Inch knob of ginger root peeled and chopped
- 3 Large cinnamon sticks
- 1 Cup apple cider vinegar
For the Shrub
- Add water, sugar, chopped orange, chopped ginger, and cinnamon sticks to a sauce pot – bring to a boil over medium heat then reduce to a simmer on low
- Let mixture simmer on stove for 10 minutes then let it cool completely
- Strain mixture into a large glass with a lid (I like mason jars) then add vinegar, put on lid and shake
- This will keep in the fridge for about 6 months and note the shrub makes enough for many cocktails – about two cups of liquid
For the cocktail
- Add ice and all cocktail ingredients to a shaker then stir to incorporate
- Pour into a glass straight up or over ice – technically a true Manhattan is served straight up BUT this is not a true Manhattan and I like iced cocktails so I say, drink it however you like!
- Garnish with a twist of orange and serve