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How To: Spice Up Your Cocktail

With the festive season and summer just around the corner, literally spicing up your drinks cabinet is a fun way to add a twist on the classics.

Here are a few of our favourite tips and tricks for spice inspired cocktails.

Garnishes

A really simple way to up your cocktail game is to use whole spices as garnishes. Try whole cinnamon quills in whiskey or spiced rum-based drinks. With gin, try cardamom pods, pepperberries, pink peppercorns or juniper berries.

If you’re feeling adventurous, sliced dried chillies add a lovely warming kick to a drink.

Try a small slice of dried chilli in a Bloody Mary (also sprinkled with Shichimi Togarashi or Old Fashioned Celery Salt), or dried ancho chillies in a spicy Margarita.

Be sure to lightly crush your garnishes before adding it to your drink – it releases the aroma and oils!

Rimming the Glass

Another way to incorporate spices into cocktails is rimming the edge of the glass. Try dipping the glass into liquid before rolling in your spice of choice.

Try Apple Cake Spice and honey on the edge of an Apple Pie Whiskey garnished with a cinnamon quill or Chilli Salt on a Margarita glass.

For a less intense flavour, mix the spice to taste in granulated sugar and dip the glass before rolling in the sugar and spice mix. Try this with Gingerbread Spice in an Espresso Martini.

Infusing Alcohol

Whole spices, teas, and chillies infuse wonderfully in white spirits such as rum, gin, and vodka. Try tonka beans, cardamom pods, pepperberries or juniper berries in gin; vanilla pods, whole chillies or Gingerbread Spice in vodka. For a quick infuse, soak 2/3tbsp of your spice of choice and infuse in 1 cup of alcohol and let it sit for around 20-30 minutes.

Our favourite Spiced Cocktail Recipes

Moroccan Mint Mojito

Gingerbread Spiced Vodka

Liqueur Hot Chocolate

Maple and Nutmeg Whiskey Sour

Mulled Apple Cider

Raspberry and Advent Tea Infused Gin