The Dropper

12 Days of Cocktails: The Chocolate Martini

Chocolate Martini

1/4 oz Heavy Cream
1/4 oz Dutch Chocolate Syrup*
1 oz Modest Vodka
1 oz Chocolate Liqueur
1 Dasher Bittercube Trinity Bitters

Glass: Martini or Coupe
Garnish: Chocolate pearls or shavings


Put all ingredients into cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake and double strain into glass. Garnish. Enjoy!

Dutch Chocolate Syrup

12 c Water
5 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
20 g Cocoa Nibs
2 g Salt
600 g Dutch Baking Cocoa Powder
8 c Granulated Sugar
3/4 c Corn Syrup

Bring water, vanilla and cocoa nibs to a boil over medium high heat. Remove from heat and steep for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine salt, cocoa powder and granulated sugar and set aside. Strain out cocoa nibs when they have finished steeping. Whisk in dry ingredients until combined. Whisk in corn syrup. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

12 Days of Cocktails: The Buzz Words

Buzz Words

¼ oz Demerara Syrup
1 oz Black Bottle Scotch
½ oz Old Forester Bourbon
½ oz Amaro Sfumato Rabarbaro 
1 Dash Bittercube Corazon Bitters

Glass: Rocks
Garnish: Cocktail Cedar smoked glass; lemon peel, expressed and inserted

Smoke the glass.* Meanwhile, add all ingredients into cocktail mixing glass. Add ice and stir until appropriately diluted. Strain into smoked glass. Express lemon peel and insert into glass. Enjoy!

*To smoke the glass, light the cocktail cedar and invert the glass. Hold the inverted glass over the lit cedar and let it fill with smoke momentarily (5-10 seconds). Leaving the glass inverted, place on a coaster. Put the flame out and tuck away the cedar for future use. Build cocktail.

12 Days of Cocktails: The Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather

¼  oz Lemon
1 oz Spiced Cider Syrup*
1 ½ oz Lawless Vodka
2 dashes (or 2 droppers) Bittercube Jamaican #1 Bitters 
4 oz Hot water

Glass: Punch Glass
Garnish: Dehydrated Oranges, Cinnamon Sticks, Anise

This is a cocktail that works great as a punch. Simply convert the ounce measurement to a cup (1 oz becomes 1 cup). Add all of your ingredients together in a crock pot, cover and turn it on high. When cocktail is warm, lower heat to lowest setting and begin serving. Enjoy!

Spiced Cider Syrup

32 oz Apple Cider
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Star Anise
2 Cardamom Pods
2 Clove
Demerara Sugar
Place cider, cinnamon, anise, cardamom pods and clove in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Lower heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain. Weigh or measure liquid. Add equal part demerara sugar to liquid and whisk to combine until sugar has dissolved.

The Sweater Weather is the ultimate Holiday cocktail. Each sip reminds us of the deep winter. Wind is cutting at your cheeks as the warm glow of Christmas lights tickle your skin. It’s your middle school sweetheart in a mid-life crises. Cold but warm and inviting at the same time. Throw it all in a crock pot and ladle away. Your guests will think you’re trending.