• Old Fashioned

    Winter Spiced Old Fashioned
    Makes 4

    Ingredients:
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup water
    3 cardamom pods
    1 star anise
    1 cinnamon stick
    12 ounces sweet bourbon (or whiskey)
    1 orange, cut into 8 wedges
    8 maraschino cherries
    optional garnish:
    4 cinnamon sticks

    Directions:
    1.Place first five ingredients into a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
    2. 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.
    3. Allow the mixture to cool completely before placing in the fridge for an hour to chill.
    4. Divide an orange wedge and two cherries into each four glasses and muddle together.
    5. Place the chilled syrup, bourbon and ice into a large shaker and shake until well combined.
    6. Divide the mixture into each glass and top with an extra orange wedge, squeezing the wedge before dropping into the glass.
    7. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick, if using and serve.

  • Mulled Wine

    INGREDIENTS:

    1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
    1 orange, sliced into rounds
    8 whole cloves
    2 cinnamon sticks
    2 star anise
    2-4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste (or your desired sweetener)
    optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy (or your favorite liqueur)
    optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

    DIRECTIONS:

    Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and heat just barely to a simmer over medium-high heat. (Be careful not to boil the mulled wine — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.) Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
    Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

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