Why It Works
- Using whole spices to make the five-spice syrup makes for a richer flavor than using a powder—and it's also easier to strain!
- The club soda loosens up the syrup and balances the richness of the whiskey in this drink.
Five-spice syrup amps up the flavor in this refreshing bourbon pitcher cocktail.
For the Five-Spice Syrup:
1 teaspoon whole Sichuan peppercorns
1 whole star anise pod
1 (6-inch) cinnamon stick or 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole fennel seed
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
For the Cocktails:
6 ounces bourbon, such as 4 Roses Yellow Label
3 ounces Five-Spice Syrup
2 ounces fresh juice from 2 to 3 limes
8 ounces club soda
Lime wedges for garnish
For the Five-Spice Syrup: Toast Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cloves, and fennel in a dry medium skillet over medium heat, tossing and stirring frequently until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cinnamon stick, sugar, and water and place over medium high heat. Cook, stirring, until just starting to boil. Cover and remove from heat. Let rest for 2 hours. Strain into an airtight container. Five-spice syrup last up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
For the Cocktails: In a pitcher, combine bourbon, 3 ounces Five-spice syrup, and lime juice. Stir well. Add club soda and stir gently. To serve, fill rocks glasses with ice, pour in 4 3/4 ounces of the cocktail and top with lime wedges.
Strainer, airtight container, medium saucepan, pitcher
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 22g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 14g|
|Vitamin C 24mg||119%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|