For Chai Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp. Chai Spices
- 1 Tbsp. honey
For one Cranberry Fizz cocktail:
- 1 slice mandarin, tangerine or orange
- 1/2 oz. Chai Simple Syrup
- 2 oz. chilled cranberry juice
- 4 oz. chilled club soda
- 1 1/2 oz. white whiskey or brandy (optional)
- 6 fresh or frozen cranberries for garnish (optional)
Simply leave out the alcohol to make a festive “mocktail.” For a sparkling cocktail, replace the club soda and spirit with 6 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine. Makes enough simple syrup for a dozen cocktails or more.
For Chai Simple Syrup: Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking to dissolve sugar and honey. Reduce heat and simmer 15 min. Strain and cool completely before use. For stronger syrup, leave the Chai Spices in for up to 2 weeks before use. Store sealed in the refrigerator.
For one Cranberry Fizz cocktail: Squeeze the orange slice into a cocktail glass for juice; place what remains of the slice in the bottom of the glass with the simple syrup and muddle with a wooden spoon. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Top with a few ice cubes if desired. Garnish with cranberries if using.
1½ cups simple syrup, 1 cocktail
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