This post is a part of a series that will profile participants in the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition and their drink entries. The winner of the contest will be announced the week of Thanksgiving.
Ok…so I know very little French. Je m’appelle Sam (My name is Sam), J’aime jambon (I love ham), and my personal favorite, ananas (pineapple). Yep, you can bet I just babblefished that title (which, by the way, means the Great Munat Brothers Rivalry) in honor of the fabulous blog, Le Mixeur, whose HILARIOUS writers you will read about here and now.
Le Mixeur chronicles a “series of social events promoting creativity, community, and exceptional cocktails” organized by the Munat brothers, Ted & Charles. Every post sends me into fits of laughter so do yourself a favor and click through.
Normally, Ted & Charles seem to have a pretty healthy, brotherly relationship, but I’m afraid my invitation to the both of them to compete in the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Contest may have sparked a feud. The competition is intense and an amazing prize is on the line so it’s no wonder they’ve started to throw down for fisticuffs in the streets of Seattle (*note: I am completely making this up).
But alas, there can only be one winner, so let’s hope our little contest doesn’t result in the breakdown of the Munat family name. To the drinks, then:
Granddaddy Howe by Ted Munat: (photo shown above)
1 oz bourbon
2 oz ruby port
1/2 oz Gingerbread Liqueur
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1 whole egg
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Dry shake ingredients for about 15 seconds. Add ice and shake for about 10 more seconds. Strain into a goblet and grate fresh nutmeg over the top.
The Clever Fox by Charles Munat:
1 1/2 oz. tequila blanco (he used Herradura)
1 oz. Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
1 oz. heavy whipping cream
1/2 oz. Ramazzotti amaro
1 medium egg (optional)
Freshly ground nutmeg and cinnamon
Mix the tequila, gingerbread liqueur, whipping cream, amaro, the whole egg, and two pinches of freshly ground nutmeg in a mixing glass. Use a hand blender to whip into a froth. Add ice to the mixing glass and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a sprinkling of freshly ground cinnamon. Enjoy.
The former drink is a variation of the Coffee Cocktail submitted by the sensitive Ted and named for the brothers’ dear Grandaddy. The latter (named for the fox who chases the Gingerbread Man) was submitted with grace by Charles, who humbly thanked me for the opportunity to participate and said he looked forward to seeing the other entries, so he could learn from them.
I don’t play favorites, but I’d love to hear your feedback—which Munat brother is victorious in this sibling match-up?