This has become my favorite seasonal drink. For the past two Thanksgivings, I have made this drink at Friendsgiving and it is a hit with everyone, regardless of what they usually drink. I think the cinnamon adds a bit of warmth that is sometimes missing during this time of year: Warmth for the body and the soul during these colder, darker days of winter.
Espolón Tequila Blanco
3-5 cinnamon sticks
Triple sec (optional)
ruby red grapefruits
***About 4 days before you plan on drinking this cocktail, you need to infuse the tequila with the cinnamon sticks, per below:
Pour the tequila into a medium bowl. Add the cinnamon sticks and cover for 4 days. You can leave this bowl out on the counter. Occasionally over the four days, give the bowl a little swirl. After the 4 days, remove the cinnamon sticks and use a funnel to pour the infused tequila back into the bottle. (You can also add the cinnamon sticks directly into the bottle to infuse the tequila, but they may unroll a little bit while they're in there and may not come back out of the bottle. Then you'll have your very own cinnamon ship in a bottle - ha!)
When you're ready to make the cocktail, proceed as follows:
Fill a rocks glass with ice.
- a shot or so of the tequila
- a bit more than a splash of triple sec (optional)
- the juice of 1/2 a ruby red grapefruit
- the juice of 1/2 a lime
- stir and serve
On a side note, this cinnamon infused tequila is also lovely as a nightcap: just pour a little over ice and enjoy!