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Gaz Regan, Ardent Spirits

This is a serious drink, says Regan. "It’s not “one of your typical egg-y, milky, fruity-style drinks that Granny has ‘just one’ of every twelve months. The piney qualities of the intense juniper in the Beefeater, though, brings the holiday spirit to mind, and the Angostura bitters, laden with cinnamon, nutmeg, and lots of other so-called ‘Christmas spices,’ makes the cocktail sing Joy to the World! A capella, of course,” he adds.

90 ml (3 oz) Beefeater London Dry gin
30 ml (1 oz) sweet vermouth
5 dashes Angostura bitters
Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Adapted from The Bartender’s Gin Compendium

Photo: Gaz Regan