Massaman Fashioned

After my fingers and toes go numb, my sweatpants shrink to calf-high in the wash, my tan lines are no longer lines, and I can’t remember the last time I wore shorts, I start to make lists.

Those “Ideal Life” sorts of lists.  With the outdoor bathtub and beer-brewing goals.  Learning crochet and getting more tattoos goals.  Seeing the Northern Lights sorts of things.

And after making that list, wholly convinced that life could truly be more than perfect with or without the funds to feed my fantasies, I grab that flannel blanket that’s already covering another pair of familiar legs, stir this delicious cocktail, and press play to start that documentary about turtles in the Caribbean.

Pizza ovens and farms can wait.

Massaman Fashioned.

For the simple syrup:
1 teaspoon mace powder
6 cardamom pods
15 whole cloves
2 chunks of nutmeg
2 tablespoons coriander
3 cinnamon sticks
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups water

For the alcohol:
2oz Bourbon
1oz ginger beer
dash of Angostura Bitters

orange zest to garnish

In a small pot, toast all of the spices on low heat for a couple of minutes.  Add the sugar and water and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, take off the heat and let steep for at least 2 hours.  Strain out the spices once steeped.

For the drink, stir the Bourbon and 2 tablespoons of the Massaman syrup over ice until thoroughly chilled.  Add a dash of Angostura bitters and top with ginger beer.  Garnish with orange zest.

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