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The Ember Cocktail

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The Ember Cocktail
Kenji Magrann-Wells

Huddled in a dark Boston speakeasy in the lonely 2 a.m. hour, I need a drink. Not just any drink, no. Something memorable, something that I can take away with me. The mixologist in front of me has been less than helpful, and I know I'm on my own. I think of where I am, and where I want to be, and through the blur of warm apple tarts, polo shirts, and sandy moonlit beaches on the south of Cuba with warm winds all around, I think of an Ember.


Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 ½ ounces añejo rum
  • 1 ounce applejack
  • ¾ ounce lillet
  • ¾ ginger syrup
  • Ice
  • Candied ginger, for garnish


Add all of the liquid ingredients together in a shaker with ice. Shake until condensation forms on the shaker, then strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with candied ginger, if desired.

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.