The strength of the clove is astounding in more ways than one. This is not a spice for the faint of heart, just a little clove goes a long way. While tiny and unintimidating on the outside, these dried tree flower buds native to Indonesia have a strong, distinctive personality and have made their presence known in various cultures throughout history.
Used whole or ground, clove is found in a myriad of recipes across the globe. In India, clove is found in the spice mix garam masala, and is used in many rich, spicy dishes and stews. In Mexico, clove is combined with cumin and cinnamon, which together make their way into main courses as well as desserts. In Vietnam, clove is used to season and spice the broth of the wildly popular Pho. But clove doesn’t stop there.
As for North American culture however, clove reigns supreme during late fall and well into our chilling winter months. What better a time to introduce The Soothsayer. This cocktail finds dangerous depths of flavor and pulls inspiration directly from clove’s healing properties. Create this cocktail at home while preparing for the holiday season and let its calming mojo send you tranquilly into the enchanting season.
The SoothsayerServes 1
2 oz Four Roses or Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
¼ oz St. Elizabeth’s All Spice Dram
5 fresh sage leaves muddled
½ oz maple syrup water (2/3 maple syrup diluted by 1/3 warm water, shaken)
½ oz fresh Meyer lemon juice
pinch grated nutmeg/clove mix (optional)
dusting of grated clove and nutmeg for garnish
Muddle sage leaves with firm pressure for 30 seconds. Add bourbon, dram, maple syrup water, Meyer lemon and grated clove/nutmeg. Shake over ice vigorously for 20 seconds. Fine strain up into a rocks glass. Garnish with clove and nutmeg dusting and float a fresh sage leaf on top. Let the healing begin.