Sweetened whiskey favorite Southern Comfort has a long and venerable history, as told in “The Bourbon Bartender,” a book celebrating America’s signature spirit written by NYC bartenders Jane Danger and Alla Lapushchik. Whip up a homemade batch for yourself with this recipe.
This recipe originally appeared as part of “A Brief (and Boozy) History of Southern Comfort.”
- 1 bottle Bourbon (750 mL)
- 4 Cloves
- 3 Cherries
- 2 peels Orange
- 1 wedge Lemon (1/4 of lemon)
- 1 stick Cinnamon
- 1/2 Vanilla bean (1/2-inch piece or 3/4 tsp vanilla extract)
- Honey, to taste
Add all the ingredients except the honey into a large sealable jar.
Set in a dark, cool place and infuse for 5 to 7 days.
Strain out spices and citrus and discard.
Stir in honey, to taste.
Funnel back into the empty bourbon bottle and cap tightly.
To serve, pour into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.