A cozy Bourbon cocktail, aptly named, A Long Winter’s Nap, made with ginger, cardamom, star anise, maple syrup and freshly plucked fir ( optional, but tasty!). 

A Long Winter's Nap- A Bourbon cocktail with Maple syrup, ginger, star anise and lemon. A delicious cozy wintery drink! | www.feastingathome.comAll 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.  

Mary Oliver, Winter Hours

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.

A Long Winter's Nap- A Bourbon cocktail with Maple syrup, ginger, star anise and lemon. A delicious cozy wintery drink! | www.feastingathome.com

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.

A Long Winter's Nap- Infused Maple syrup w/ ginger, star anise and lemon. A delicious cozy wintery drink! | www.feastingathome.com

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.

A Long Winter's Nap- Bourbon, Maple syrup, ginger, star anise and lemon. A delicious cozy wintery drink! | www.feastingathome.com

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.

A Long Winter's Nap- Bourbon, Maple syrup, ginger, star anise and lemon. A delicious cozy wintery drink! | www.feastingathome.com

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.

A Long Winter's Nap- A Bourbon cocktail with Maple syrup, ginger, star anise and lemon. A delicious cozy wintery drink! | www.feastingathome.com

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.

A Long Winter's Nap- A Bourbon cocktail with Maple syrup, ginger, star anise and lemon. A delicious cozy wintery drink! | www.feastingathome.com

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!

Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to snap a quick picture and tag it #feastingathome on Instagram so we can see!

A Long Winter's Nap- A Bourbon cocktail with Maple syrup, ginger, star anise and lemon. A delicious cozy wintery drink! | www.feastingathome.com

Cheers friends…Happy New Year!

Sylvia

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A Long winters nap cocktail

A Long Winter’s Nap


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A wintry, cozy Bourbon cocktail with ginger, maple and star anise.


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  1. 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.
  2. 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)

 

 

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  1. We live in Alaska and it sure is a cold, wintry evening. Just went for a cross country ski – perfect drink to enjoy and celebrate the coming of 2021.

  2. Finally made this drink as it was the perfect cold Friday night … instead of our usually G & T. Love, love loved it! I infused the maple syrup with star anise, fresh ginger, cardamom pods, whole clove and peppercorns. And served it with a star anise and slice of lemon. It had just enough of the spice and Whisky kick to soothe the body and soul after a very hectic week. Will definitely make again with the leftover simple syrup.

  3. The infused maple syrup is so good. I used fir, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and whole pepper corns as that was what I had on hand. I look forward to trying some of the other suggested spices when I run out of this batch. The cocktail is so yummy and perfect for a cold winters night. It’s now a new favorite of ours!

  4. Delicious! Husband loves it, as do I. Enjoying it while decorating for Christmas. I added Apple slices to the infusion and then served them in the cocktail! We will make again.

  5. Lovely recipe wonderful drink I used organic molasses instead of maple syrup. Came out delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this great Recipe.

  6. Nice tasting winter bourbon drink. A little too much for my wife, but she slept very well! The infused syrup was easy to make. Will definitely make this drink again. Cheers!

  7. Love that star anise on the top! I would love it if you would link this up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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