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The Burnt Sugar and Orange Cocktail

WINTER WON’T GO AWAY, BUT YOU CAN WARM UP TO IT WITH BURNT SUGAR SYRUP AND TORCHED ORANGE PEELS TO ADD AWESOME FLAVOR TO THIS WHISKEY COCKTAIL.

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At this time of year, the world is full of people hurrying to get out of the cold. Your breath steams in front of you and then a gust of wind hits you and takes it away. Noses numb and cheeks burn. The bright sunshine and clear skies fool us into hoping for warmth.

burnt orange sugar cocktail recipe

We need heat. As Alex finished his portion of brûléed clementines and sipped the juices that had dripped out, he casually mentioned “this orangey sugar would be really good with some bourbon”. And the spark was lit.

Caramelizing the sugar for the simple syrup adds a depth that regular simple syrup cannot. Flaming the orange peels adds a smoky note. And that amber colour is warmth for the eyes.

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We can’t make winter go away, but we can make this drink.

The Burnt Sugar and Orange Cocktail
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
 
 
 
 
Winter won't go away, but you can warm up to it with burnt sugar syrup and torched orange peels to add awesome flavor to this whiskey cocktail.
Ingredients
Burnt sugar syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
Cocktail
  • 2 oz rye whiskey, such as Sazerac
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • ½ oz burnt sugar syrup (recipe above)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Burnt orange peel for garnish
 
Instructions
Burnt sugar syrup
  1. Over medium low heat, melt sugar in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. At first, it will seem like it’s not doing anything. Then it will seem like it’s turning into hard clumps. But don’t worry, once it melts, the clumps will melt back in too.
  2. Once the sugar is completely melted, it should be a deep amber colour.
  3. Remove from heat and slowly add the water, stirring or whisking constantly. The sugar will seize, but just keep stirring until it dissolves back in. Let cool completely before using.
Cocktail
  1. Combine all ingredients except garnish in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake gently until shaker is ice cold on the outside. Strain into glass.
For garnish
  1. Peel a long, fairly thick, strip of orange zest from an orange using a vegetable peeler. Roll tightly, squeezing some of the oils from the peel. Place roll on a non-flammable surface and torch until black on the edges. Do not over torch unless you want ash in your drink.
 
 

 

Malgosia Ip

Malgosia Ip

I am a PhD student in chemical engineering at the University of Toronto. I got hooked on cooking/baking when my roommate got cable and the Food Network became my new obsession. Now it seems everything inspires a dessert or a cocktail, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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