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Author Notes: You can keep a batch of this vanilla bean simple syrup in the fridge for up to a month and use in all sorts of desserts and cocktails, like this Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash. Cheers! —foxeslovelemons
Food52 Review: If you are into holiday cocktails, this is a great option for a cheerful party. —feastathome
Makes enough simple syrup for about 8 cocktails
For the vanilla bean simple syrup:
- 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise and scraped
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
To make the Meyer lemon-vanilla bean bourbon smash (1 cocktail):
- 1/4-inch thick slice of Meyer lemon
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 4 dashes orange bitters
- Club soda
- Make the simple syrup: In small saucepan, combine vanilla bean, sugar, and water. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until sugar is completely dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; let stand at room temperature until completely cool. Remove vanilla bean and discard. Transfer syrup to airtight container and refrigerate up to 1 month.
- To make the Meyer lemon-vanilla bean bourbon smash: In rocks glass, muddle the lemon slice. Add ice, bourbon, and bitters; add 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup, stir, taste for sweetness, and add more simple syrup as needed. Top the drink off with club soda.
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