Grapefruit Whiskey Sour with Star Anise

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour with Star Anise

A grapefruit whiskey sour with star anise is a lovely way to start the month of February.  After all, it can be a bit gloomy this time of year anyway, so why not indulge in something light and citrus-y?  Whiskey sours were my first cocktail drink – I can’t recall exactly why it was that I liked them, other than they were a pretty straight forward cocktail to order at a restaurant or a bar.  This was many years ago – well before – well, before Google, for one.   I’m pretty sure I would order them because my ex liked them (talk about being original).  Had I had Google, I might have discovered gin and tonics much earlier, or the glorious Sazarec or Negronis…but I digress.  I loved the whiskey sour as much as I loved Beringer’s White Zinfandel and as much as I loved mochas.  (Right – didn’t know what to order for wine, so stayed with the cheap pink stuff.  Didn’t know what to order for espresso drinks, so stayed with what my friend, Laura, ordered – sense a pattern here?).

But back to the grapefruit whiskey sour with star anise.  I’ve definitely branched out in my tastes for cocktails, wine and coffee.  Every now and then, though, I like to go back to a classic.  In this case, the sour comes from grapefruit juice and a hint of sweet comes through in the brown sugar anise simple syrup.  If you are adventurous, try a bit of the simple syrup in a shot of whiskey – it tastes like root beer and will get you singing Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” in the kitchen at the top of your lungs in no time.  Wait – is that just me?

Star anise has become my new spice obsession.  I love the lovely little seed pods and they smell so good!  They are a great compliment to the whiskey and grapefruit in this cocktail.

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour with Star Anise

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour with Star Anise

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour with Star Anise

Grapefruit Whiskey Sour with Star Anise

Ingredients

    Grapefruit Whiskey Sour with Star Anise
  • 1 ounce whiskey or bourbon
  • juice from one grapefruit
  • 1/2 ounce star anise infused brown sugar simple syrup
  • Star Anise Infused Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 star anise pods

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the cocktail and stir. Serve on the rocks over ice.
  2. Star Anise Infused Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Once all the sugar is dissolved, pour into a small jar and set aside to cool. Once cool, refrigerate. Let the star anise infuse overnight for the strongest flavor.
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