Cassia, or Chinese cinnamon, is the fragrant bark of the Cinnamomum cassia plant that's commonly used here in the States. Our favorite cocktail cave, Midnight Rambler, put it to use in one of the cocktails in its holiday lineup of 12 merry mixes to get you into the spirit(s). Look for the Nutcracker Flail, a bourbon-based cocktail with all the best holiday things: brown butter, two kinds of nuts — pecans and almonds — cinnamon and cayenne pepper. The bold flavors are brought together in this surprisingly bright cocktail to delight the taste buds and shock them into a holi-daze.
Nutcracker Flail ($14) – brown butter bourbon, pecan orgeat, lemon, cassia, cayenne pepper
Midnight Rambler, 1530 Main St. (downtown Dallas)