This is the perfect time of year to cozy up with a warm cup of fresh, local cider. Here we are incorporating a quick and easy spiced simple syrup, which you can also use in a winter fruit salad, sangria, or cranberry sauce. Its delicious on its own, or you can add a drop of Bourbon for a seasonal adult beverage perfect for entertaining.
Spice up an Old Fashioned with Jansal Valley Hot Pepper Honey, cultivated from local New England Hives and infused with ghost and chili peppers grown right at the source. Bonus points if you garnish with sliced fresh hot peppers too!
Fiery Old Fashioned
For Hot Pepper Honey Syrup:
¼ C Jansal Valley® Hot Pepper Honey
¼ C Water
4 t Hot Pepper Honey Syrup
4 dashes Angostura Bitters
4 oz Bourbon
Ice / as needed
Optional: 1 Hot Pepper / thinly sliced / as garnish
For the Hot Pepper Honey Syrup, In a sauce pot over medium heat, combine honey and water. Allow to reach a boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring until the honey is completely dissolved. Can be made up to 1 day ahead of time.
For the cocktail, fill 2 rocks glasses half way with ice. Add 2 t of Hot Pepper Honey Syrup and 2 dashes of bitters to each glass. Stir vigorously to dissolve the syrup and bitters, then top the glass with ice. Pour 2 oz of Bourbon into each glass, then stir again, just to mix.
Persimmons are a unique, somewhat mysterious fruit to many. They come into season mid-fall and last through mid-winter, typically October-December each year. They look similar to a tomato, but taste like a papaya, have a stiff texture, and a die-hard cult following. Here we've utilized the tasty fruit in a classic cocktail that even the pickiest eaters can't help but try.