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Christmas Old Fashioned

This Christmas Old Fashioned is the perfect cozy cocktail to settle into long holiday nights. Homemade cardamom infused maple syrup, mixed with warming bourbon, lemon, orange, and bitters. Make it fizzy with a splash of ginger beer to top off each drink. Perfect for cold nights by a cozy fire.

Prep
Cook
Serves 1person
Ingredients
Maple Cardamon Syrup:
1/2
cup pure maple syrup
1
cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp. ground cinnamon)
1
tbsp cardamom pods, lightly crushed (or 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom)
Old Fashioned:
2
oz (1/4 cup) bourbon
1
oz (2 tbsp) lemon juice
1
oz (2 tbsp) orange juice
1-3
tbsp maple cardamon syrup (ingredients listed above)
1-2
dashes bitters
Ginger beer, for topping (optional)
Orange zest and sugared cranberries, for garnish
Directions
1.
To make the maple cardamon syrup. In a medium pot, bring 1/4 cup water, maple syrup, cinnamon, and cardamom to a boil over high heat. Boil 2-3 minutes, then remove from the heat. Let cool. This syrup makes enough for about 6 drinks. If desired, rim your glass (see note). In a rocks glass, gently stir together the bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, bitters, and 1-3 tablespoons cardamon syrup. Add ice and top off with ginger beer. Garnish with cranberries and an orange slice, if desired.
2.
Sugared Cranberries: In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups fresh cranberries with 1/2 cup pure maple syrup. Let sit 10-15 minutes. Strain the cranberries, then add them to a parchment lined baking sheet. Toss the cranberries with 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar until all the cranberries are coated. Allow the cranberries to dry, in a single layer, for at least one hour.

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