It’s wintertime and we’re currently obsessed with anything spiced. Not an overpowering spice, but something with a touch of heat to bring our internal temps up. A good homemade spiced bourbon for our winter cocktails will do just the thing.
This simple recipe takes minutes to make. You can even make them ahead in mason jars as gifts–boom, your own DIY mason jar gift for a loved one during the colder months! What better way to show someone you care than to make your own spice infused bourbon for your friends or family to enjoy in their winter cocktails? Tip: your boozy friend will love this as a gift.
your boozy friend will love this as a gift.
Spiced Bourbon Recipe
The measurements for this recipe is per 8oz mason jar. For the spices, we recommend being exact (it’s okay if some of the allspice berries are different sizes). Conversely, the bourbon can be eye-balled until the jar is full–just under the threads of the jar.
approx. 6 oz bourbon
1 cinnamon stick
10 allspice berries
1. Peel orange in approx. 3 inch strips. The strips should curl naturally as you wiggle your way around it.
2. Add spices & the orange peel into the jar.
3. Pour in the bourbon until just full (not to the brim, but just underneath the threading).
4. Put lid on top, screw on the lid, and store until needed.
Tip: After about a week or so, feel free to remove the spices and orange peel from the jars. At this time, the bourbon has been saturated enough throughout.
Winter Spiced Boulevardier Cocktail Recipe
Put those homemade jars of spiced bourbon to use with a wintery spiced Boulevardier. The cinnamon & cloves are the stars here, complemented by sweet vermouth. Contrasting citrus notes from the orange peel à la spiced bourbon and Campari balance out the bitterness & spices. If Christmas had a flavor, this would be it.
1.5 oz spiced bourbon
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Add bourbon, Campari, and sweet vermouth into a glass filled with ice. Stir well and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange peel or a cherry.
With only 3 main ingredients, it’s super easy to make and is a drink you can serve at your next dinner party. Just add cheese & crackers. Pinky’s up!