Chase away the darkness and doldrums of winter with this rum infusion inspired by a New York Times recipe by Melissa Clark, "Haste Makes Cordial." [http://www.nytimes.com...]
Her encouragement to experiment with spices and fruits led me to fennel seed and allspice and once blood oranges are in season, I like to substitute clementines for blood oranges. The color and sensuality of blood oranges cannot be rivaled. —DjeenDjeen
Assemble all ingredients in large glass container and stir -- a flower vase works well. Cover and let sit a week or more. Stir once a day and say kind things to your elixir. It will enhance the taste. When you decide to stop the maceration process, refrigerate.
This will make 3 litres of elixir, plenty to get you and a loved one through the winter darkness and cold. Break down the quantity into .5 litre jars/1 litre bottles. It's not so convenient to put a flower vase in the frig.