This drink will warm you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. Winter spices make this cocktail a favorite of everyone I know who loves bourbon.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 cardamom pods
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 12 ounces bourbon (or whiskey)
- 1 orange, cut into 8 wedges
- 4 cinnamon sticks, for garnish
- Place first five ingredients into a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Bring the mixture to a boil then cover and remove from heat. Allow the mixture to steep for 30 minutes. This will allow all the spices to infuse the simple syrup with flavor. Place a strainer over a glass measuring cup, and strain the spices from the simple syrup. Reserve the simple syrup, cool completely and store in your refrigerator for about 1 hour. Discard the spices. The simple syrup will last up to 1 week in your fridge, so if you plan on making these for a fall party make the simple syrup a couple of days ahead of time.
- Place one orange wedge into the bottom of each of the four glasses and muddle together. If you don’t have a muddler, use the end of a flat rolling pin to press down repeatedly on the orange wedges, which will release their juice into the glass. Place the chilled syrup, bourbon and ice into a large shaker and shake until well combined. Divide the mixture into each glass and top with an extra orange wedge, squeezing the wedge before dropping into the glass.
- Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick and serve immediately.
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