Boozy Cherry Coke

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. whiskey
  • 3 cherries
  • 12 oz homemade cola (soda machine + cola SYRUP)
  • Cola syrup:
  • grated zest of 2 medium oranges
  • grated zest of 1 large lime
  • grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • β…› teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • β…› teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
  • 1 section of a star anise pod, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 one-and-a-half-inch piece vanilla bean, split
  • ΒΌ teaspoon citric acid (available at health food stores, or canning supply stores or kingarthurflour.com)
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) light brown sugar

Directions:

  • In a heavy pot over medium heat, bring 2 cups water to a simmer with the zests, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, ginger, vanilla and citric acid. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture, then bring the liquid back into the pot and add sugar, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves, about 15 minutes. Transfer to containers and keep refrigerated.
  • Using a soda maker, create homemade cola by placing about 3 oz of cola syrup into seltzer maker bottle filled with water.
  • In a food processor, crush about 2 cups of ice.
  • Pour whiskey and soda in a crushed-ice-filled Collins glass. Re-pack crushed ice on top and pour a layer of grenadine and garnish with cherries.
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