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.”
- 1 750-mL bottle bourbon
- 4 whole cloves
- 3 dried cherries
- 2 orange peels
- 1 lemon wedge (1/4 of the fruit)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 vanilla bean (1/2-inch piece, or 3/4 tsp vanilla extract)
- Honey, to taste
Add all ingredients except the honey into a large sealable jar.
Set in a dark, cool place and let infuse for 5 to 7 days.
Strain out solids 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.