Cloves and citrus are such a perfect winter combo, but cloves can be too overwhelming. We came up with the idea to shake a few cloves with the drink in an effort to rub off the best of their warmth and spice while keeping the source of this aromatic hint unobtrusive and a little mysterious.
And let me say a little something about the bourbon. I’ve always been a little freaked out by bourbon, imagining it to be a sickly sweet version of whiskey. I’m not sure where I got that idea, but it was crazy. Here’s a more accurate & delicious description of nice bourbon from tastings.com:
“Flavor descriptors such as toffee, pralines, vanilla, and dried fruit to describe the initial rush of flavors in a good, well-aged Bourbon. The charred oak barrels give Bourbon a distinctive spicy oak firmness that is unique to American whiskeys.”
The bright little clementines were so simple to cut in half and juice – I used my citrus juicer to make it go even faster. We needed about 2 clementines per drink.
Here’s our recipe:
Clementine, Bourbon, & Clove Cocktail
Combine all ingredients, plus ice, in a shaker. Shake vigorously, the strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass. And don’t worry – these would be excellent over ice in a cocktail glass as well.
- 1/4 c. fresh squeezed clementine juice (about 2 clementines)
- 1 oz. bourbon
- 3 whole cloves