Although we are almost at the end of December, I highly recommend you wannabe mixologists make a cocktail entitled November. Created by Scott Baird, a dear friend, owner of 15 Romolo, and one of San Francisco's foremost bartenders, this concoction won the Nirvino Navan cocktail competition at Swig.
If you've never tried Navan, a natural vanilla liqueur, get your hands on a bottle stat! It's a great mixing liquor that can be used in both sweet and savory applications. This well-balanced, delicious cocktail balances out the Navan with a smoky scotch, while apple juice adds freshness.
To look at the recipe and check out a fabulous exclusive video of the bearded Baird making the cocktail, read more.
3⁄4 oz. Navan Natural Vanilla Liqueur Makes 1 drink.
1⁄2 oz. Benedictine
1 1⁄4 oz. cognac
1⁄2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. unsweetened apple juice
1/8 oz. Scotch (recommended: Laphroaig)
Dash of Fee Bitters
Dash of cinnamon tincture
1 1⁄2 oz. dry apple cider
3⁄4 oz. Navan Natural Vanilla Liqueur
Makes 1 drink.