Kevin Burke fills Catherine's Cup with holiday cheer

To celebrate the luckiest day of the year -- 12/12/12 -- Ron Abuelo rums asked a dozen mixologists across the country to a create a signature cocktail as a toast to the holiday season.

Kevin Burke of Colt & Gray, who won our Best Bartender award in the Best of Denver 2011, is part of the lineup. He created "Catherine's Cup," a cocktail featuring Ron Abuelo 12 Años -- a dark aged rum from Panama.

Keep reading for the recipe. See also: - Kevin Burke: Best Bartender 2011 - Colt & Gray: Best Bartender's Choice 2012

Catherine's Cup By Kevin Burke

2 oz Ron Abuelo 12 Años

1/2 oz Orgeat syrup

1/4 oz orange liqueur

1 dash Angostura bitters

Add the Ron Abuelo 12 Años, syrup, orange liqueur and bitters to the base of a julep tin. Stir briefly to combine, then fill with crushed ice. Using a bar spoon, begin to churn the mixture, thoroughly chilling and diluting the cocktail. Add more crushed ice to top over the tin and briefly place the cocktail in the freezer to set the ice and frost the glass. Garnish with a generous mint sprig and a fine grating of a coffee bean, and serve with a straw.

Cheers to 12/12/12.

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