The hot cross bun martini

The hot cross bun martini

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This cocktail infused with Easter spices is exactly what you need for a little late-night indulgence.


  • For the spiced sugar syrup:
  • 100 g sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • fresh ginger, to taste
  • 1 star anise
  • a few cloves
  • For the cocktail:
  • ice, for mixing
  • 3 T vodka (or gin)
  • 1 T spiced syrup
  • 1 T dry vermouth
  • 2 T clear apple juice (optional)
  • orange peel, for garnish

Cooking Instructions

1. Prepare the spiced sugar syrup in advance: simmer sugar and water with 1 cinnamon stick, sliced fresh ginger, 1 star anise and a few cloves.

2. Strain and chill; the syrup will keep well in the fridge*.

3. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vodka (or gin),  spiced syrup, dry vermouth and clear apple juice. Shake, pour, and garnish with orange peel.

Cook's note: *Alternatively: add a dash of syrup to brandy, whisky or cognac on ice for, quite possibly, the perfect autumn nightcap.

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Photograph: Andrea Van Der Spuy
Production: Bianca Strydom
Food assistant: Irinja Bekker

Jeanne Calitz Recipe by: Jeanne Calitz
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Jeanne Calitz is the commercial projects editor at TASTE. She is also a food, travel and arts writer, as well as a seasonal cook.

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