This cocktail recipe post is brought to you by a good bout of serendipity. When one of my favorite blogs, Stir and Strain, chose Nuts for May’s Mixology Monday theme, I had even more incentive to perfect and share an Amaretto cocktail I had been cultivating for my best friend, Devon, and her fiancé, Rob, as a contribution to the couple’s recipe collection. The cocktail’s nutty and sweet – just like the best kind of love!
[I know that sounded cheesy, but, seriously, this drink makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!]
A couple of months ago, I was bumming around the internet and found this list of Haribo gummies not typically found in the US. Because of my love for spiciness and sweetness, Haribo Hot Sticks, raspberry-jalapeno, habanero-orange, and lemon-ginger gummies, caught my eye. The only problem – all these flavors are combined with licorice. While I detest eating licorice, I actually love the weight and dimension an anise flavor imparts to a cocktail. When The Straight Up chose Anise for Mixology Monday I decided to skip paying shipping and handling fees and imagine Haribo’s Hot Sticks as a cocktail. I added smoked cinnamon to complement the ginger and anise notes, while also being a quite literal stand-in for a “hot stick.”