The Woodsman

What do you when the first snow hits? Do you bust out the shovel? The winter coat? Christmas tunes?

All appropriate reactions. But my fellow Bitter Sweet Spirit bloggers and I bust out something even more appropriate – seasonal cocktails.

Photos by ADV Photography

One of the great things about winter is that it gives us an excuse to revisit warmer and bolder flavours. The season contains some of my favourite ingredients – cinnamon, vanilla, and walnuts, to name a few. But there are so many versatile flavours I’ve come to discover over the years and the winter season is a great time to experiment with them.

So if you want to not only survive the cold, but thrive in it, try this:


  • 1 ½ oz Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum
  • ½ of St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur
  • ¼ oz Trader Vic’s Macadamia Nut Liqueur
  • ½ oz cinnamon and honey syrup
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 dashes walnut bitters

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake. Add ice and shake again. Double-strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with grated cinnamon and rosemary sprig.

The flavour notes of the rum (cinnamon, vanilla, spice) pair really well with the (no pun intended) spicy pear liqueur to give it a kick. A touch of the macadamia nut liqueur provides an added seasonal twist.

I felt the name of the cocktail was appropriate given that you can find most of these ingredients in a forest. And in the same way a forest-dweller forages through the woods in search of food, I too search through my liquor cabinet to see how I can bring seasonal ingredients together.

After all, you gotta store up for the winter.

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