Charming Man [Cocktail Recipe]

Even scotch skeptics will want seconds of this strong, spicy Charming Man, says creator Aaron Blakely, head bartender at Yves in New York City.


  • 1½ oz. Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt or other blended malt scotch
  • ¾ oz. cinnamon syrup (recipe below)
  • ¼ oz. St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 3 oz. Aval Cider or other dry cider
  • Garnish: freshly grated cinnamon


Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Top with cider and garnish with cinnamon.

How to make Cinnamon Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

Bring water to a boil. Add sugar and dissolve. Remove from heat and add cinnamon sticks. Let steep overnight, then strain into a container with a lid. Keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.

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