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First-place winner in Imbibe's Metaxa Cocktail Competition, April 2009. This beautiful cocktail offers a nice texture and a delicious balance of fruit and spice, riffing perfectly off of the Metaxa.
2 oz. Metaxa 7-Star brandy
1 oz. fresh blood orange juice
3/4 oz. cinnamon bark syrup (recipe below)
1 egg white
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: collins or highball
Garnish: blood orange twist and optional cinnamon stick
Dry shake (meaning, shake without ice) the Metaxa with the blood orange juice and egg white for 20 seconds. Then add ice and the cinnamon bark syrup to the shaker and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a glass and top with club soda. Add the twist by squeezing the peel side down atop the drink and rubbing around the rim. Lay the cinnamon stick across the top of the glass.
Cinnamon bark syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar in the raw
3 cinnamon sticks
Mix water, sugar and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan and heat on high until sugar dissolves, then simmer for 5 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks, cool and bottle. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.
Recipe by Jonathan Pogash, Hospitality Holdings, New York City