The hustle and bustle of the holidays brings out my extra silly side, and in my house that means creating new cocktails with silly names like Krumkaketini. This decadent mini cocktail was inspired by a cone-shaped Norwegian cookie called Krumkake. It was one of my husband’s childhood favorites and typically made for Christmas. My Mom bought us a Krumkake Iron a couple of years ago, so we’ve been experimenting, and searching for the perfect recipe. Unfortunately we don’t know my late Mother-in-Law’s recipe or know what spices she used, but my husband thinks cardamom was in the mix. After some recent recipe testing and failing, I thought why not make a cocktail with Cardamom Bitters that is inspired by Krumkake?
Although my husband’s family traditionally ate Krumkake without any filling, some people fill the cones with whipped cream. I knew my cocktail should start with a creamy base, so I used half and half and garnished each drink with a dollop of softly whipped cream. Spiced rum plays nicely with the cardamom bitters (we use Scrappy’s ) and gives the cocktail its wintery flavor. I also added a little homemade vanilla simple syrup to give it some sweetness and mimic the vanilla typically found in Krumkake. The result is a rich and slightly spicy cocktail that is best slowly sipped as a dessert. I used tiny vintage cordial glasses.
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 oz spiced rum
- 2 oz half & half
- 3 dashes cardamom bitters
- ½ oz vanilla simple syrup
- Whipped cream for garnish
- cinnamon for garnish
- For the simple syrup: Heat water and sugar in a small pot until boiling and the sugar dissolves. Let the liquid cool completely. Then, add the vanilla extract.
- Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the rum, half & half, bitters, and syrup.
- Shake for about 30 seconds
- Poor into a small glass and garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon
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