Five Golden Rings Cocktail

by Julie Cohn
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On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a Five Golden Rings cocktail!

The Five Golden Rings cocktail is a Christmas drink meant to be shared with others.  Made with Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack apple cider liqueur, plus fresh apple cider and orange bitters, this festive holiday cocktail is infused with edible gold flakes for a festive sparkle.  The pièce de résistance?   Sugar, melted and spun into golden rings, set atop each martini glass for a final touch of gold.  (Psst.  Sugar rings are easier to make than you imagine.) Make this a golden Christmas!

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Five Golden Rings Cocktail

The fun thing about the holidays is that you can experiment with colors, flavors, and textures.  This cocktail is a perfect example of that.  If you are having a holiday party, you want a few dishes and cocktails that are going to wow your guests and nothing will wow them more than this Five Golden Rings cocktail.  You can purchase the edible gold flakes from Amazon (I’ve included a link below) and the spun sugar rings are surprisingly easy to make…so easy that you will incorporate them into all your holiday dishes!

  • 4 oz. Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack Cider (I received a sample)
  • 8 oz. Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
  • 2 oz. Orange Bitters*
  • Edible Gold Flakes with 1 oz. Winter Jack added

(4-5 Servings)

Add the Winter Jack, apple cider, and orange bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice.  Shake lightly then strain into martini glasses.  Open the bottle of edible gold flakes and pour the 1 oz. of Winter Jack in.

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Reseal the bottle and shake.  The more you shake, the smaller the gold flecks will become.  Pour a little bit of gold flecks in each glass.

Note:  Each bottle of edible gold flakes makes about 4-5 cocktails.  Also, this is a very unique cocktail, so the two ounces of bitters is correct for the recipe, but you can use less if you prefer.

Spun Sugar Gold Rings

  • 1/2 c. White Sugar

Heat the sugar over medium high heat, stirring frequently.  The sugar will start to clump together, then liquify.  Watch it very carefully at this stage–the moment it turns a light golden color, remove from the heat, otherwise you will overcook it and burn the sugar.

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Set aside to cool for about a moment, then drizzle the sugar into rings on a foil or wax paper-lined baking sheet.  Allow the sugar to harden, about five minutes, then place on top of the cocktail.

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Note: Spun sugar rings can be made in advance and added to cocktails later.



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Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack

I love this liqueur made with Jack Daniel’s whiskey, cider, and holiday spices. It is smoother than regular Jack Daniel’s and can be used to make hot cocktails (although I prefer it chilled).  It is also great in holiday Jack and Coke’s, spiked hot cider, and mulled wine.

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WyldfamilyTravel (@wyldfamtravel) 12/09/2017 at 8:24 pm

Looks fun to drink and make. One can never go wrong with Jack Daniels. Not sure they sell the apple cider version in Australia though. The presrntation of the final product is amazing with the gold making it look more like a piece of art that a drink. Cheers

Julie Cohn 12/09/2017 at 9:22 pm

Thank you so much!

Lara Dunning 12/12/2017 at 5:39 am

This is such a beautiful cocktail! Makes me wish I liked Jack Daniels. I know this will make plenty of holiday merrymakers happy. 🙂

Julie Cohn 12/12/2017 at 5:44 am

Thank you Lara! I am not a big fan of Jack Daniels, but love this Winter Jack. It is so much smoother!

Mike 01/10/2018 at 5:06 pm

Dear Julie, This looks amazing! Does the recipe really call for 2 ounces of orange bitters? I have never seen so much bitters in a recipe before. And how many servings does the recipe produce?

Julie Cohn 01/10/2018 at 5:33 pm

Yes, it does call for 2 ounces of bitters, but if you look at the rest of the ingredients, there is a total of about 13 ounces of liquid, most of which is apple cider. The bitters off-set the sweet of the apple cider. Also, this is for 4-5 servings. You can of course adjust to your own taste.


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