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