The Orient Occident

Today’s drink is an original from the Bottle Pro’s Cocktail Kitchen. We love delving into our spice cabinet to find new ideas and this week came across a bottle of Chinese Five Spice. This blend of cinnamon, clove, fennel, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorn has a wonderful aromatic nature. Infused it into simple syrup it is the foundation of our cocktail creation, “The Orient Occident”. Cheers!

The Orient Occident

In a shaker glass filled with ice add:

  • 1 ½ Ounces of Dark Rum (we like Plantation Original Dark)
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • ½ Ounce of Chinese Five Spice Simple Syrup

Shake and strain over fresh ice in a lowball glass. Top with three dashes of Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters. Garnish with an Orange Peel or Grapefruit Peel Twist.

Chinese Five Spice Simple Syrup

In a small saucepan add:

  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Chinese Five Spice Powder

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer till reduced by 1/3. Cool syrup and strain through a fine sieve into a sterile bottle. Chinese Five Spiced Simple Syrup will keep for 7-10 days in the refrigerator.

Have some extra simple syrup? Try a bit in your morning coffee for a flavor lift.