the Hansel and Gretel


This is my winter  take on an old fashioned, one of my favorite drinks to play around with.  It was inspired by a gingersnap cookie.  While sipping on one, I couldn't help but think of the Grimm's fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.  

Hansel and Gretel
bar spoon of molasses
1/2 oz allspice dram
1/2 oz ginger liqueur
2oz bourbon
stir and serve over ice
garnish with orange peel

Note:  If you do not have allspice dram or ginger liqueur, you can make your own in a simple syrup.  For small batch add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.  Season with baking spices such as cloves, star anise, cinnamon, fresh ginger, black peppercorn and vanilla bean.  The more spices, the better.  Simmer over low heat until sugar has dissolved and flavors have been absorbed.  You may want to play around with the new spiced syrup ratio in the cocktail.  I would start with one bar spoon of molasses and 1/2 oz spiced syrup and go from there.

Update: Try adding an eggwhite to this drink.  It helps cut into the viscosity of the molasses.  You may also enjoy this drink on the cocktail menu at Nightwood.

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