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Spiced Persimmon Bourbon Cocktail

Recipe developed by Athena Calderone & Jenny Huang
Spiced Persimmon Bourbon Cocktail


Makes 4 drinks

For the spiced maple simple syrup:

  • 7 cloves
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup water

For the persimmon puree:

  • 3 ripe Fuyu persimmons
  • 2 ounces lemon juice
  • ½ cup water

For one cocktail:

  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • ½ ounce brandy
  • 1 ½ ounces persimmon puree
  • 1 ounce spiced maple simple
  • 3-4 drops Angostura bitters
  • Club soda, to finish

The Prep

1. Using a mortar and pestle, roughly crush the cloves, peppercorn, and cinnamon stick.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup and water together, bring to a boil, and stir the maple syrup so that it fully combines with the water.

3. Add the spices, turn off the stove, and cover to cool completely.

4. In a blender, purée the persimmons, lemon juice, and water together until smooth. Vigorously mash through a strainer. After straining, you will have about 1 cup of liquid.

5. To make the cocktail, combine the bourbon, brandy, persimmon purée, spiced maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Cover and shake for about 15 seconds.

6. Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with persimmon slice.

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