Cocktail of the Month Club: Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour at Osteria Vespa, Amherst

September marks the end of the summer and evenings are starting to bring with them a subtle autumn chill. Chase it away with this month’s cocktail, a cranberry-cinnamon whiskey sour that’s sure to warm you up, brought to you by Josh Draghe, head bartender at Osteria Vespa in Amherst.

— Peter Vancini, pvancini@valleyadvocate.com

Cranberry-Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

Courtesy of Josh Draghe, Head Bartender at Osteria Vespa.

1.5 ounces whiskey (Josh suggests Maker’s Mark)
1 ounce infused simple syrup*
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 sprig rosemary

-Shake in a tumbler with ice, strain into glass.
-Garnish with rosemary spring

*To make the syrup:
-Boil equal parts water and sugar. Add fresh or frozen cranberries, cinnamon stick, cloves.
-Boil 10 to 15 minutes until sugar is dissolved and syrup has a red color.
-Strain and refrigerate. Use within about a week.

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