I'm not sure where you are, but it has been well below 0°F up here in Vermont for the past few days and we needed to mix up a concoction that fit our state of mind... introducing the Hibernator! A libation guaranteed to help you hunker down for a long winter's nap.
- Small pot
- Ice Baller
- Double Old Fashioned or Lowball glass
- 2oz Bourbon
- Fresh Sage
- 1 Orange
- 1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1 Ice Ball
Making the sage-maple simple syrup:
First we will make the simple syrup- put a small pot on the stove and add water, about a dozen fresh sage leaves, and maple syrup (pure Vermont maple syrup, of course). I had to raid my girlfriend's secret maple syrup stash...I better re-stock before she finds out! Bring to a boil while stirring periodically and then reduce heat and let simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat and let it completely cool, then remove the sage leaves.
Making the cocktail:
Add Wintersmiths ice ball and a large orange peel to your glass and top with bourbon (we went with Four Roses Small Batch) and about 1.5oz of sage-maple simple syrup. Add a sprig of sage to garnish, sip, and hibernate.