Today I share with you a unique yet comforting winter cocktail that will warm you right up in these cold months: the Indian Winter. It is a cardamom cocktail, featuring cardamom honey simple syrup. Read on to learn how to make this crazy tasty beverage!
Last month on the blog, I posted my ultimate guide to making homemade simple syrups, which I absolutely love to make. Just ask my fiancé, our fridge is filled with them! I love how elegant they can make a cocktail, and how easy it becomes to elevate your drinks from a simple vodka tonic to something special and unique. This cocktail is the perfect example!
I bought a bag of cardamom pods at the market a while back and have been just waiting for the perfect recipe in which to feature them. Which is how I came to use cardamom in this simple syrup. The syrup uses equal parts of honey and water instead of the usual sugar and water combination. Then I add the cardamom pods and allow them to steep as the syrup comes to room temperature.
I wanted to keep the rest of the cocktail simple, with just vodka, lemon juice, and egg white. I finished it off with Angostura bitters (my fav!) and a single star anise. I love that as you slowly sip your beverage, the aroma of the star anise helps to bring out the notes of cardamom from the drink!
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- 1 ½ oz. vodka
- ½ oz. honey cardamom simple syrup (see below)
- ½ oz. lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- 1-2 drops Angostura bitters
- 1 star anise
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup honey
- 4-5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water, honey, and cardamom pods. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is homogenous. Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the simple syrup into an airtight jar. Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
- Fill a lowball glass with ice water and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white. Shake vigorously to combine for 20-25 seconds. Empty ice water from lowball glass and strain contents of shaker into the glass. Garnish with bitters and a star anise, if desired. Alternatively, cocktail can be served with a large sphere or square ice cube also, or whiskey cubes.