Grapefruit & Chinese Five-Spice Cordial

Fall 2014

“You’re going to get some bitterness and brightness from the grapefruit peel but it’s also sweet. This cordial can be used in patio sipper cocktails or savory, stirred drinks.” — Margot Thompson, bar manager, The Farmhouse, Kansas City, Mo.

6 grapefruit peels
6 cups organic sugar
1/8 cup Chinese five-spice powder
4 cups water
8 ounces 151-proof rum

Muddle grapefruit peels with 2 cups sugar and allow to sit at least 2 hours to make oleo-saccharum, an oily syrup. Add the syrup to a pot with the five-spice powder, 4 cups water, and remaining sugar. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. After the syrup cools, add the rum and fine strain through a chinois. Tastes best after sitting for a day.


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