Oh, friends. Dear, dear friends. The third wassail of the season is…delightful. I’m not just saying that because I was working on my second one while writing this entry. It is truly delicious. As noted in my last cocktail entry, I seem to have a thing with whiskey-based cocktails this holiday season. Add some sweet, add some citrus….sold!
I arrived home a bit desperate the evening I mixed this one. Note to self: do not…I repeat…do not go to Trader Joe’s on a rainy Friday night the week that the holiday Fearless Flyer is published. Horrible mistake. Though, I did walk out the door with a body butter trio, a rainbow of honey and a bag of gingerbread spiced granola. There is that. On the way home I attempted to track down the husband to talk him into picking up a Papa Murphy’s pizza on the way home. Unfortunately, he had already left the office, so I was tough outta luck unless I wanted to stop (which I didn’t). So, when I arrived home my number one priority was cocktail. Secondary need? Dinner.
Earlier in the week I prepped a spiced simple syrup, a rosemary simple syrup and an infused gin. I’m taking my responsibility to concoct mouthwatering cocktails seriously this year. Like a heart attack.
I made the spiced simple syrup for a spiced sugar cookie martini. We’ll get there. But, the spiced simple syrup was…in a word…delicious. So, I started Googling around for other recipes. Enter the Winter Spiced Old Fashioned. Are you ready for this? Yes, you are. Trust me. You. Are. And…you’re welcome.
Spiced Simple Syrup (Epicurious)
2 c water
1 1/2 c water
1 whole orange, zested
3 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger
3 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
3 cardamon pods (squeezed open slightly to allow access to the seeds inside)
2 whole black pepper corns
Put all of the above into a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil then turn down to low and simmer for ten minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain and pour into a sealed container. Store in refrigerator.
Winter Spiced Old Fashioned
1 1/2 oz whiskey
1 oz spiced simple syrup
1/2 oz Grand Marnier (or equivalent…I use a knock-off)
1 oz lemon juice
Juice of 1/2 orange
Mix all of the above. Serve in a glass with a couple of ice cubes. Serves one.
You’re welcome. Fa-la-la.