Empire Builder Cocktail Winner of the Heavy Table Fall Contest. Ingredients: 2 oz Crispin Original 1/2 oz vodka 1/2 oz Starbucks Coffee Liquor (*) Dash of simple syrup
(*) Starbucks works here because its a liquor that's about the coffee first. Something like Kahlua is too sticky-sweet and ruins the effect.
Notes from the creator: Okay, at first glance, you'd think this would not work at all, but its actually the best of many Crispin-based drinks I've concocted. Its completely unintuitive, but the Starbucks actually enhances and highlights the subtle apple essence of Crispin Original. Crispin Original has such a subtle flavor (closer to champagne than the typical brewed hard cider); its all too easy to obliterate it -- trust me, this works. Scott Wentzka