Merry Manhattan, a Christmas Cocktail

A stunning Christmas cocktail recipe with bourbon and sugared cranberries made Merry with a festive spiced ginger-cinnamon-cardamom syrup. Cheers!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

Ingredients

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 drops angostura bitters
  • 1/2 oz spiced simple syrup

Spiced simple syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 " piece ginger peeled and sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cardamom pods lightly crushed with the side of a knife

Instructions

  • Combine all cocktail ingredients in a shaker with a handful of ice; shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty. Pour into short (Old Fashioned) glass.

To make simple syrup:

  • Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Allow spices to steep for at least an hour. Strain into a glass jar; cover and store leftover syrup in the fridge.
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