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by Sarah Steimer

An Old Fashioned is such a velvety, old lounge drink and adding spice and warmth plays right into that.

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cardamom pods (or a sprinkle of cardamom powder)
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 12 ounces sweet bourbon (or whiskey)
  • 1 orange, cut into 8 wedges
  • 8 maraschino cherries

Place the water, sugar, cardamom, star anise and cinnamon in a small sauce pan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, being sure to mix occasionally.

Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, then remove from heat. Strain the whole spices from the simple syrup mixture.

Divide the cherries and oranges between four cups and muddle (no muddler? Just use the end of a wooden spoon or another blunt-ended object). Mix the bourbon into the simple syrup mixture and whisk. Ladle the drink into each cup.

If you want to dress the drink up even a little more, mix about 2 tablespoons of sugar with 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon on a small plate. Wet the edges of you glasses before adding any ingredients and rim with the sugar-cinnamon mix.

Makes four Old Fashioneds.

Recipe adapted from: spoon fork bacon

**For the month of January, we’re offering a few recipes for warm alcoholic drinks to take into cold winter nights. All “Warm and Buzzy” recipes can be found here.

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by Sarah Steimer

I served this in a slow cooker set on "warm" at a holiday soiree I threw last month. A white sangria is a nice alternative to a red wine sangria at parties - think of which would show up on a couch when it gets spilled.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • zest of 2 lemons, cut into strips (if you have time)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice from 2 lemons
  • 4 whole star anise*
  • 4 cinnamon sticks*
  • 12 whole cloves*
  • 2 bottles dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • juice from 1 orange
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange and 1 lemon, thinly sliced crosswise

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker or large saucepan until heated through. If heating in a slow cooker, keep set to “warm” during the party. If using a saucepan, transfer to an insulated container for serving, such as a dutch oven, or sturdy glass bowl. Serve in paper or glass cups, as plastic can give you some problems when using hot liquids.

*Don’t want to purchase a whole jar of spices? Lots of fresh markets and spice stores will offer these ingredients in bulk – meaning you can literally pick out four star anise and not worry about what to do with 30 extra.

Serves 12.

Recipe adapted from: Martha Stewart

**For the month of January, we’re offering a few recipes for warm alcoholic drinks to take into cold winter nights. All “Warm and Buzzy” recipes can be found here.

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