© photo by Jake Brown

Everyone has that one relative who's equal parts sweet, bitter, and complex; this drink is an homage to those anti-heroes of the holiday table. Based ever so loosely on the Last Word, we wanted to make a drink that was suitable for colder weather with some cozy warming flavors complemented by a little sweetness, and a touch of bitterness to keep you on your toes. Because what would the holidays be without a little controversy, even if it is by the glass.


Drunk Uncle (makes 1 drink)

  • 3/4 oz barrel aged gin ( we used Corsair Barrel Aged Gin)
  • 3/4 oz pear brandy
  • 3/4 oz fresh pressed apple cider
  • 1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • 1/4 oz cinnamon syrup (recipe below)

In a cocktail shaker with ice add your ingredients and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and serve.


    Cinnamon Syrup (yields approximately 1 2/3 cups of syrup)

    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 4 cinnamon sticks

    Whisk sugar and water together in a saucepan over high heat. Add cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil until all sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let come to room temperature. Strain cinnamon sticks out and refrigerate in a sealed container before use.

    For stronger cinnamon flavor, leave the cinnamon sticks in overnight and strain in the morning.