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2 ounces lemon juice

3 ounces ginger syrup

1 ounce apple brandy

6 ounces cranberry liquer

Dash of bitters

4 ounces spiced syrup (recipe follows)

Ginger beer and candied ginger

For the spiced simple syrup:

1 cup sugar

2 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise


  1. Make the spiced simple syrup: Bring sugar, 1 cup water, the peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise, and zest to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. For milder flavor, remove star anise, and discard; simmer 10 minutes more. Remove from heat. Let cool completely. Pour through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.
  2. Assemble the cocktail: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher. Serve over ice, and top with ginger beer and candied ginger.