A cozy Bourbon cocktail, aptly named, A Long Winter’s Nap, made with ginger, cardamom, star anise, maple syrup and freshly plucked fir.
All things are meltable, and replaceable. Not at this moment, but soon enough, we are lambs and we are leaves, and we are stars, and the shining, mysterious pond water itself.
I should probably be embarrassed at how often this has been happening lately. But it’s been so dark, cold and snowy here! This cozy wintry drink called, A Long Winter’s Nap, has become a nightly ritual, tucking me for the evening. I wish I could take credit for the perfectly fitting name, but my brilliant friend Richard came up with it, and to me, it makes the drink.
It’s basically a Bourbon Cocktail with maple syrup infused with cardamom, star anise, ginger, and a few optional Douglas fir twigs, and a little lemon juice. The whole spices and ginger give it a delightful flavor, but they are not imperative.
Sometimes I’ll toss in cardamom pods or whole peppercorns, or whatever sounds good in the moment. Orange zest, a cinnamon stick or even a few whole cloves are nice to. Play around with it and just have fun.
I also make this with simple syrup when out of maple – just add equal parts of water and organic cane sugar and heat on the stove.
For the hard alcohol, add two ounces of bourbon, rye or whiskey to a cocktail shaker over ice. Add infused syrup and lemon juice.
Alternatively, for large gatherings, you could multiply the recipe and pre-mix large batches of this in a pitcher (without the ice) for parties. Serve it over ice.
Add 2 tablespoons infused maple and 1 ½ tablespoons lemon, or Meyer lemon (even better!) and give it a good shake. Pour it in a glass and garnish with la lemon slice and a star anise pod.
Store the leftover simple syrup or infused maple syrup in an airtight container in the fridge. The infused maple syrup is great over waffles and pancakes, too.
This warm wintery drink is perfect for a New Year’s Eve gathering. Pre-mix it ahead and simply serve it over ice when your guests arrive.
If you do end up giving this a try, let us know what you think!
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Cheers friends…Happy New Year!
A Long Winter’s Nap
A wintry, cozy Bourbon cocktail with ginger, maple and star anise.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 1 drink
- Category: Bourbon Cocktail
- Cuisine: Drink
- 2 ounces Bourbon, Whiskey or Rye
- 2 Tablespoons Infused maple (or plain maple syrup)
- 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- garnish with star anise and lemon slice
- Infused Maple Syrup or simple syrup
- ½ cup real maple syrup (or make simple syrup- ½ cup sugar +½ cup water)
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup sliced ginger
- 3 star anise pods
- Optional additions – Douglas Fir, crushed cardamon pods, cinnamon, whole clove, peppercorns
- Place maple syrup and water in a small pot. Add ginger and whole spices. Heat over medium heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes on low heat. Let stand 10 minutes. The longer you infuse, the more intense the flavor. You could let this sit overnight, or strain it right away.
- In a cocktail shaker, pour the bourbon, infused maple and lemon juice over ice. Shake and strain into a small glass or martini glass. Garnish with a star anise pod and lemon slice (or zest)