I'm learning all kinds of new things these days when it comes to cooking and cocktails - a deliciously deadly combination. For New Year's Eve, the lovely lads over at CÎROC vodka have taught me a brand new cocktail that, I must say, was sweetly surprising. If you had ever told me that cinnamon, lemon and vodka would go together to make an addictive cocktail I would have told you you were crazy. But alas, dear reader, turns out I have no idea what i'm talking about when it comes to mixing. This is why CÎROC are the professionals and I am mere putty in their masterful cocktail making hands. So I took the recipe home and decided to recreate, and practice, the cocktail making for my family on the docks of the South Carolina coastline. Here's a step by step look at making a CÎROC SPILE. You will need the following:
Fresh Lemon Juice
Lighter or Blow Torch
Now, here's how you make it...step-by-step, with pictures to keep things interesting and foolproof!
Combine the following ingredients in a cocktail shaker:
50 ML CÎROC Vodka
25 ML Fresh Lemon Juice
15ML Cinnamon Syrup
We used fresh lemons from our lemon tree. But, yes, store bought lemons work just as well ;)
Shake all the ingredients together vigorously in your cocktail shaker. But on a good tune and grove to the shaker!
Strain the mix over cubed ice in a highball glass (we doubled the recipe to make two at once).
Once finished with the pour, top up the glass with your desired amount of soda water. You may want to taste to judge the amount needed. To each their own ... we only needed a splash.
Now for the finishing touch. Grab your cinnamon sticks and a blow torch, or lighter. Light the end of the cinnamon stick until you have a nice flame and place a smoking cinnamon stick atop the glass. It's the perfect compliment to a drink that will truly blow your mind... and your tastebuds.
Now that you have your drink in hand, say a cheers and share the moment in a place you'll never forget. My first CÎROC Spile was enjoyed at Sunset on the dock of my family home in South Carolina. Where will your first be sipped?
** Written in collaboration with CÎROC Vodka**