These particular drinks both call for Cinnamon schnapps, of which the most famous variety is Goldschlager, a Swiss product with flakes of real gold floating in it. Some have been concerned that the gold may cause an adverse reaction in individuals who are sensitive, but Wikipedia assures us that “there is currently less than a tenth of a gram (0.1 g) of gold flakes in a 750 ml bottle of Goldschläger, which, as of July 9, 2008, amounts to about 3.00 USD on the international gold market.” I don’t know why this information, in itself, should assure us, but no matter: you can get cinammon schnapps without the gold (although certain other brands have copied Goldschlager). DeKuyper’s Hot Damn!™, for example, doesn’t contain gold flakes, and it is on the Washington State Liquor Stores Current Price List.It also has the advantage of being a fiery red color, which goes with Christmas.
Now, having made all these qualifying statements, the recipes themselves are very straightforward–
– 1/2 oz Cinammon Schnapps
– 1 oz. Vodka
Pour both liquors into glass – do not mix or stir. Serve on the rocks or straight up. Add cinnamon stick garnish.
3/4 oz Apple Schnapps
1/4 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
2 oz Vodka
In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine ingredients and shake. Strain into glass. Drop in a thin wedge of green apple (e.g., Granny Smith var.) or mount on glass and add cinnamon stick.