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Elana Lepowski
Course Cocktail

Ingredients
  

For the Spiced Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

For the Cocktail:

  • 1 ounce Averna
  • 1/2 ounce spiced syrup
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon
  • 4 ounces boiling water
  • Lemon peel for garnish

Instructions
 

For the Spiced Syrup:

  • Combine water, brown sugar, peppercorns, and cinnamon sticks in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to simmer, stirring, and remove from heat. Cover and let sit for an hour and a half. Strain and store in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to two weeks.

For the Cocktail:

  • In a heat proof mug, combine Averna, spiced syrup, lemon juice, and boiling water. Garnish with lemon peel and serve immediately.