Spiced Winter Punch with Bourbon and Pears

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Winter and spice and everything nice. Warm your winter with a cool cocktail.

Spiced Winter Punch with Bourbon and Pears

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SPICED SIMPLE SYRUP: Stir together 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Once the mixture boils, add 1 oz of lightly cracked whole spices such as allspice, whole cloves, star anise and cinnamon sticks, or to taste. Lower heat to low and continue cooking until a syrupy consistency is achieved, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes. Strain through a wire-mesh sieve double-lined with damp cheese cloth into an airtight container, discarding solids. Syrup may be stored covered in a cool dark place for up to 1 month.

GINGER SYRUP: Stir together 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Once the mixture boils, add 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger. Lower heat to low and continue cooking until a syrupy consistency is achieved, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes. Strain through a wire-mesh sieve double-lined with damp cheese cloth into an airtight container, discarding solids. Syrup may be stored covered in a cool dark place for up to 1 month.

Spiced Winter Punch

Ingredients

  • 1 (750ml) bottle bourbon
  • 8 ounce pear nectar
  • 4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounce spiced simple syrup (see notes)
  • 3 ounce ginger syrup (see notes)
  • 1 (750ml) bottle Champagne or other sparkling wine
  • 12 dash Walnut bitters (optional)
  • 12 extra large ice cubes

Directions

Add bourbon, pear nectar, lemon juice, spiced simple syrup, ginger syrup to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate until ready to serve.

When ready to serve add the Champagne or other sparkling wine along with the bitters (if using).

Serve with a single large ice cube in a small punch glass.