The Spice of Life

October 26, 2014

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Fall evokes a longing for warm fragrant spices like pumpkin, cinnamon or a hot mulled cider. Consider a twist this season and serve your guests a spice cocktail designed by Alie and Georgia called 5 Spice on Ice. It’s an interesting cocktail that uses a blend of freshly crushed cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel and Sichuan peppercorns infused in a simple syrup. It’s a kick of intricate flavors from the spiced rum, angostura bitters and muddled kumquat. Lastly, the cocktail is finished with a splash of fernet, an aromatic spirit made from cardamom, chamomile and saffron. It all makes for a deeply spiced drink that will pique your taste buds.

Bottoms up, folks.



5-Spice on Ice


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese 5-spice blend (cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel, Sichuan peppercorns)
  • 3 dashes bitters, such as Angostura
  • 1 whole kumquat (or 2-inch orange rind)
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces spiced rum, such as Sailor Jerry or Captain Morgan Original Spiced
  • Splash fernet



Mix 1 cup water with the sugar and 5-spice blend. Heat in a small pot over medim heat until dissolved. Strain and let cool.

 In a lowball glass, pour 1 tablespoon of the 5-spice simple syrup,  add the bitters and muddle a kumquat into that action. Add ice, rum and a splash of fernet. Stir in the glass for 20 to 30 seconds, until well-chilled. Sip, then cheer the funk up.

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