Spiced Persimmon Bourbon Cocktail

Recipe developed by Athena Calderone & Jenny Huang

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  • Ingredients

    • 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.