The 108 Recipe

The 108 Recipe

This gin based cocktail from Emily Smith of Clock Bar in San Francisco marries cardamom and garam masala for a warming winter drink.

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  • Yield:1
  • Active time: 20 minutes
  • Total time:5 days, 20 minutes (includes infusing gin)


  • For Maple Masala Syrup:
  • 8 ounces maple syrup
  • 24 ounces water
  • 3 ounces garam masala
  • For Cardamom Infused Gin:
  • 750 mL gin
  • 10 cracked green cardamom pods
  • For Cocktail:
  • 1.5 ounces Old Raj Gin
  • 1 ounce maple masala syrup
  • 3/4 ounce cardamom infused gin
  • 1/2 ounce Lillet blanc


  1. 1.

    To Make Masala Syrup: Place water in a small sauc pan over medium heat. Once warm, add maple syrup and garam masala. Stir until blended. Let cool.

  2. 2.

    To Make Cardamom Infused Gin: Place gin and and cardamom in a large glass jar. Let rest for 5 days. Strain before use.

  3. 3.

    To Make Cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Old Raj Gin, masala syrup, cardamom infused gin, and Lillet. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass.