Holiday Cocktail: Carmencita

holiday-santiago-carmencita-vertical-crdt lara ferroniThe Cola de Mono (monkey’s tail) is a traditional Chilean holiday drink made with coffee, milk, sugar and spices, and spiked with aguardiente—a generic term that basically translates to whatever alcohol is on hand. But Christmastime in Chile is also the beginning of summer, and at cocktail lounge Red2One, the bar team wanted to make something light and refreshing that used seasonal fruits and local spirits. “Alongside Cola de Mono, it’s typical during our holidays to drink refreshing long drinks because it’s Summertime,” says bar manager Juan B. Zambrano V. “We have a lot of fizzes, spritzes and cocktails with wine.”

2 oz. pisco
¼ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. fresh grapefruit juice
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. autumn special syrup
1 fresh egg white (pasteurized if you prefer)
Dry red wine (Red2One uses Carménère)
Tools: shaker, strainer, fine strainer, barspoon
Glass: soda or double rocks

Add all the ingredients, except the wine, to a shaker lled with ice. Shake well, then double-strain into a glass lled with fresh ice. Gently top with the red wine, pouring over the back of a barspoon.

Autumn Special Syrup: In a saucepan, combine 3 cups of water and 3 cups of brown sugar, then add 1 orange sliced into 4 pieces with peel, 2 slices of pineapple with peel, 2 sticks of cinnamon, 2 star anise and 3 whole cloves. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has fully dissolved and the syrup is aromatic. Strain out the solids, and let the syrup cool, then bottle for use. Keep the remainder refrigerated and use within 2 weeks.

Juan B. Zambrano V., Red2One, Santiago, Chile


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