1/4 oz Berber Syrup (* see below)
1 dash Regan's Orange Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
2 Orange Peels
Muddle an orange peel with rye, syrup, and bitters in a rocks glass. Add ice and garnish with a fresh orange peel twist and straws.
On Saturday, I spent the day in Nashua, New Hampshire, so for dinner, I made the trek up to Manchester to visit the Republic Cafe for dinner. Sean Frederick was not behind the bar but working the floor that night, and he recommended that I try the Moroccan Old Fashioned. Sean mentioned that the drink uses a syrup that they use in the flavored coffee they serve in the morning (3 oz coffee, 1 oz cream, 1 oz syrup) and that it worked surprisingly well with rye whiskey. On the menu, the drink had the caption, "American spirit tempered by sweet Berber spice" and it seemed like the perfect drink to go with my vegetable tangine.
2 Whole Star Anise Pods
1 1/2 Cinnamon Sticks (3 inch), coarsely cracked
2 rounded barspoon decorticated Cardamom Seeds
2 Black Cardamom Pods
16 Allspice Berries, cracked
2 cup Sugar
2 cup Water
Combine all spices in medium saucepan, and toast over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water and sugar, stir well, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and allow ingredients to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate overnight. Finely strain spices from mixture and keep syrup refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.