Spiced Old Fashioned Cocktails

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 12 ounces sweet bourbon (or brandy)
  • 1 orange, cut into 8 wedges
  • 8 maraschino cherries

To make the spiced simple syrup, place first five ingredients (sugar thru cinnamon stick) into a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a boil then cover and remove from heat. Allow the mixture to steep for 30 minutes. Strain the spices from the simple syrup. Allow the mixture to cool completely before placing in the fridge for at least an hour to chill.

Divide an orange wedge and two cherries into each of four glasses and muddle together. 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.

  • Yields: 4 drinks
  • Preparation Time: About 2 hours (includes chilling time)


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