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The Night Tripper

The Night Tripper 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Feb 22, 2017

This drink, whose name derives from a nickname for legendary New Orleans musician Dr. John, incorporates the flavors of king cake with a cinnamon syrup from Cocktail & Sons. It’s easy to scale up this drink to a punch-size version.

Make Ahead: The cinnamon syrup needs to be made at least 2 hours in advance and can be refrigerated for up to several weeks.

Where to Buy: The syrup is available at, or you can make a spicy cinnamon simple syrup; see the directions, below.


When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 1 servings

  • Ice
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1 ounce Cocktail & Sons King Cake Syrup or cinnamon syrup (see headnote and NOTE)
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth, such as Dolin brand
  • Twist of orange peel, for garnish


Chill a cocktail coupe.

Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full with ice. Add the bourbon, syrup and vermouth; stir for 10 seconds, then strain into the chilled coupe.

Twist the orange peel to express its oils over the surface of the drink, then drop the peel in.

NOTE: To make cinnamon syrup, combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water and four 3-inch cinnamon sticks in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and let the syrup infuse and cool for 2 hours before using or storing.

Recipe Source

From Max Messier, co-founder of Cocktail & Sons in New Orleans.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 170

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 19g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 18g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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