Belsnickel Cocktail

Emeryville, California, bartender Alex Smith pairs apple brandy with a cranberry liqueur and clove-infused bitters for a seasonal winter sipper.


1 1/2 oz. apple brandy

1 oz. sweet vermouth

1/2 oz. cranberry liqueur (such as Leopold’s)

3 dashes clove bitters

Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer

Glass: coupe

Garnish: fresh cranberries on a pick


Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice cubes. Strain into a chilled coupe, then garnish.


For the Clove Bitters: Drop 5 cloves into a bottle of Angostura bitters and let sit for 2 days, shaking several times a day, before straining out.


Alex Smith, Honor, Emeryville, California