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Tis the season and it should come as no surprise that I’m continuing my holiday themed offerings again. I’ve been saving up something special for this week which coincides with Christmas, from one of America’s foremost puzzle box artists. The Snowflake Box was designed with the idea of making a puzzle box Christmas Tree ornament. It’s a lovely little box attached to a loop and would look nice on anyone’s tree, and it’s also an amazing puzzle box.

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To toast this special box I’m calling on the special reindeer who pays a visit this time of year – Rudolph of course! The Rudolph Collins is a local favorite at The Barking Dog, a cozy down to earth bar in Copenhagen where the staff create Christmas cocktails for a cocktail advent calendar each year. This one is based off the classic Tom Collins, that refreshing summery sipper with gin, lemon and soda. For the Christmas version there is added sloe gin, the wintery gin infused with sloe berries, and cinnamon syrup, which always turns up the winter wonderland vibes in a holiday drink. It’s a delicious variation and a tasty treat for the holidays. Try one of these at your own festive gathering and have a happy, happy holiday. Cheers!

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Rudolph Collins by Bach Nielsen (The Barking Dog, Copenhagen)

1 oz London dry gin

¾ oz sloe gin

¾ oz fresh lemon

½ oz cinnamon syrup

Chilled soda water

Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with the soda water and garnish with a cinnamon stick - or a lemon wheel Rudolph. Cheers!

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To learn more about the winter wonderful Snowflake Box see:

Boxes and Booze:Let it Snow

For more about sloe gin see:

Sloe Down