The Crackatook Cocktail


The Crackatook

A curse from the Mouse Queen turns a princess into the first nutcracker, and can only be lifted by eating the Crackatook nut.

Sip yourself into the origins of the Nutcracker, and try the magical nut in this smoky, hazelnut cocktail. Nutcracker tea-infused rum, with its hazelnut and citrus notes, perfectly complements a smoky maple syrup, for a warming story in front of Drosselmeyer’s clockwork castle.


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The Crackatook

Notes from Rob Kharazmi, Mixologist at Four Seasons, Whistler:

“We let the syrup infuse for two to three days in order for it to fully absorb the aroma and flavors of the Nutcracker tea, along with additional hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon and orange juice. We found letting the tea infuse in the maple syrup overnight gave us the right amount of astringency balanced with the sweetness.”

Servings: 1 Cocktail

Keywords: Mixology, Cocktail , Holiday , Nutcracker

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins


The Crackatook

  • 1 ½ oz. Nutcracker-Infused Mount Gay Amber (see below)
  • ¾ oz. Nutcracker Syrup (see below)
  • ½ oz. Frangelico
  • ½ oz. Lapsang Souchong Maple Syrup (see below)

Nutcracker Syrup

  • 13 ½ oz. TEALEAVES Nutcracker Tea, steeped
  • 1 ½ oz. Hazelnut, crushed
  • ½ oz. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½ oz. Caramel
  • 5 Sticks Cinnamon
  • ½ oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 3 ½ oz. Simple Syrup (1/1 sugar and water ratio)

Lapsang Souchong Maple Syrup

  • 20 oz. TEALEAVES Lapsang Souchong Loose Leaf Tea, steeped
  • 10 oz. Maple Syrup
  • 6 ½ oz. Water

Nutcracker-Infused Mount Gay Amber

  • 6 ½ oz. TEALEAVES Nutcracker Loose Leaf Tea, steeped
  • 25 oz. Mount Gay Amber Rum


The Crackatook

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Top up with hot water.
  3. Enjoy!

Nutcracker Syrup

  1. Bring all the ingredients to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Strain.

Lapsang Souchong Maple Syrup

  1. Bring all the ingredients to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain and store cold.

Nutcracker-Infused Mount Gay Amber

  1. Combine the tea and rum and leave overnight.
  2. Re-bottle and enjoy.


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