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Signature Cocktail #45: Spiced Butternut Whiskey Drop
By L. K. on Dec 19, 2014 at 5:00 am in
It’s easy to get your veggies on when they come with a buzz! Developed by nutritionist Carlene Thomas, today’s cocktail mixes a winter pantry staple—butternut squash—with a splash of warming bourbon whiskey and a festive simple syrup infused with fragrant vanilla and holiday spices. Read on for the recipe.
If you’ve been cooking for crowds this fall and winter, chances are you have some butternut squash lying around. I think you know where we’re going with this, but just to be clear, a squash-based cocktail is in the making! Technically a fruit, butternut squash doesn’t have a vegetal taste, and it can go sweet or savory in unexpected ways. Here, it’s all about the sweetness!
Photo by Carlene Thomas
Ingredients (Serves 1)
♦ 1 tablespoon of roasted butternut squash purée
♦ 1/8 cup of water
♦ 1.5 ounces of bourbon whiskey (such as Woodford Reserve)
♦ 2 tablespoons of a vanilla- and spice-infused simple syrup
To infuse syrup with spices and vanilla: Add a few dried cloves, star anise pods, and cinnamon sticks to simple syrup and store for several days. Strain spices out. Add a few drops of vanilla extract.
To make cocktail: Add ingredients to a shaker and blend (or stir in a glass). Pour over ice.
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