Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 19 – Five Golden Rings. Or if you’re singing the name of this cocktail, “Five GOOOOOOOOOLDEN Rings.”
Do people still sing Christmas carols? Like go door-to-door and sing? I live in a condo so I would never encounter this seasonal behaviour in the wild. Let me know.
I’m not looking to join a door-to-door singing troupe though. Musicality is one talent I’m severely lacking.
I had a piano teacher briefly when I was a kid but she was an awful curmudgeon and I begged out of it in pretty short order. In middle school, I was an aggressive over-achiever and joined any club/extracurricular activity that would have me. I joined the choir but wasn’t long for that commitment as I was very quickly called out by one of the older girls for being dreadfully off-key.
Although that cut deep at the time, she probably saved me from myself and a more public embarrassment.
I don’t even like karaoke, the only song I’ve performed at karaoke in the past five years was Sir Mix-A-Lot’s timeless classic, “Baby Got Back.” It was made particularly special because I had come straight from work and was wearing a full pantsuit.
In spite of my near total tone deafness, I did used to love those all-school assemblies just before Christmas break when we would eat cookies and sing all the Christmas classics – especially the endless 12 Days of Christmas.
I decided to name this cocktail after Day 5 because it has a beautiful golden hue and tastes expensive. Unless you have a home bar collection that rivals mine, this recipe will probably require a trip to the liquor store – but all products are readily accessible at the LCBO.
The equal parts formulation creates a complex flavour profile that is well-balanced and surprisingly easy-drinking, thanks in part to the addition of a bar spoon of maple syrup.
Five Golden Rings
- ½ oz aged amber rum
- ½ oz Kraken rum
- ½ oz calvados
- ½ oz Bénédictine
- 1 barspoon maple syrup
- 2 dashes Fig & Cinnamon bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a chilled, absinthe-rinsed coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.
Recipe slightly adapted from: Hill, Peter. “Expense Account Rum Cocktail.” Albert Street Cocktail Company.