Those who've fled the harsher climates for Arizona may have forgotten what it takes to get through a blizzard. Aaron DeFeo, a mixologist at Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center in Tucson, Ariz. gives lie to that assumption, offering up a unique and spicy cup of warmth that combines powerfully herbal genever with Indian spices, traditional Italian bitter spirits and deliciously tart and sweet apple and honey in a cosmopolitan mug of cheer. The creamy drink seems out of place in Tucson, but DeFeo assures us that it provides some serious comfort on a cold desert night.

Ingredients

The Winter Wooskie

  • 1.5 Oz Bols Genever
  • .25 Oz Luxardo Amaro Abano
  • .5 Oz apple honey syrup*
  • 5 Oz chai tea (hot)
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Lemon peel
  • Fresh grated nutmeg

Apple Honey Syrup

  • 1 Apple, cut into thin slices
  • 16 Oz apple juice (not from concentrate)
  • 12 Oz honey

Preparation

Step 1: Winter Wooskie

Mix the genever, amaro, apple syrup, and chai tea in a mug and stir it gently. Top with the fresh whipped cream and twist a lemon peel over top to express some of the citrus oils. Top the mixture with freshly-grated nutmeg and garnish with a cinnamon stick if you're feeling particularly ambitious.

Step 1: Apple Honey Syrup

In a saucepan, bring the juice and apple slices to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes until liquid has reduced to approximately 12 oz. Strain he mixture through cheesecloth, then cool slightly. Add the honey and stir until completely dissolved and the syrup is a rich amber color. Let cool and bottle. If you're not planning on using it right away, you can refrigerate it for up to two weeks.