Winter Spiced Martini

YIELDS | 2 SERVINGS

PREP TIME | 5 MINS

COOK TIME | 30 MINS

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This is a warm and soothing cocktail spiked with loads of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and garnished with crystallized ginger. It will warm you up quickly on a cold day and tastes wonderful as a non alcoholic spritzer too. The spiced simple syrup is easy to make and great to have on hand for your next holiday gathering. Make a few batches and put into pretty bottles to give as a gifts.

INGREDIENTS

Winter Spiced Simple Syrup (makes approximately 1 1/2 cups)

* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup water
* 3 cinnamon sticks
* 2 cloves
* 2 allspice berries
* 1 Star Anise
* 1 strip clementine zest

Winter Spiced Martini or Bourbon

* 2 oz Winter spiced simple syrup
* 4 oz vodka or bourbon
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* Crystallized ginger and or cinnamon stick for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

For the simple syrup
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally until sugar has dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and allow to cool completely, about 30-45 minutes.
Strain into a jar with a tight fitting lid such as a canning jar and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze into cubes to use later.

For the Martini
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add all the ingredients to the shaker and shake well, strain into pretty glasses and garnish with crystallized ginger and or cinnamon stick.

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