The difference between a great cocktail and a stellar one is time and preparation. Cocktails made with infused spirits or syrups add a complexity and depth that you can taste — an extra hint of cinnamon, a prick of heat, a fresh hint of mint. The best thing is that these infusions aren't hard to craft. They just take time and a little extra forethought. Here are a few worth trying out:
I make cocktails quite often. I look forward to trying out new recipes and infusions give me a chance to explore new combinations. My fridge is usually stocked with an infused simple syrup and my bar usually has an infused liquor in the making to make the regular a little extra special.
Here are a few recipes you might want to try at home. They're interesting, and very versatile.
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