Buddy System

By: Hannah Lee Leidy

Food Culture of the South

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4 servings

  • 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.

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