Knock Out [Cocktail Recipe]

This drink was created by Sonny Verdini, bar manager of TRADE in Boston. “The acidity from the lemon provides structure and allows the cinnamon, allspice, ginger, coriander, and orange oil flavors and aromas to shine through in this richly textured cocktail,” Verdini says.

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  • 1½ oz. Proper No. Twelve (or other blended Irish whiskey)
  • ¾ oz. ginger liqueur
  • 1 oz. cinnamon syrup (recipe below)
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: dehydrated lemon wheel and freshly grated cinnamon


Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a single rocks glass. Garnish with lemon wheel and dust with cinnamon.

Cinnamon Syrup

  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Remove cinnamon sticks and strain into a container and seal. Keep refrigerated for up to one week.

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