This original cocktail from Chuck Taggart of gumbopages.com is fruity, spicy and warming all at once.
2 oz. apple brandy or Calvados
1/2 oz. pimento dram
1/2 tsp. dry pear brandy
1/4 oz. Punt e Mes
1 dash Fee Brothers old-fashioned aromatic bitters or
Tool: barspoon, mixing glass, strainer
Garnish: cinnamon stick or star anise
Combine first five ingredients in a mixing glass. Fill with cracked ice and stir briskly for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
Chuck Taggart, gumbopages.com
For more on obscure and forgotten spirits, such as the pimento dram in this recipe, read Paul Clarke's article "Lost but Not Forgotten" in the July/August 2007 issue.