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Author Notes: I am obsessed with Le Gibassier, a delicious, sweet, brioche-type bread studded with candied orange peel and anise seed. Obsessed. I decided to try to fashion a toddy with the delightful flavors of Le Gibassier. - hardlikearmour —hardlikearmour
Food52 Review: The flavors in hardlikearmour's toddy come together beautifully. The orange and anise hit all the right notes, with neither overpowering the other. The drink is balanced between sweet, spicy and boozy, making it sippable with just enough punch to warm you up on a chilly evening. —suchachef
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon whole anise seed
- 1 star anise pod (plus additional for garnish if desired)
- 2 ounces good quality bourbon (I used Woodford Reserve)
- 1 ounce Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
- Juice of 1 large orange, strained (approx. 1/3 cup)
- 3 tablespoons simple syrup or 2 tablespoons honey (plus additional to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water (optional)
- thin coils of orange peel as garnish if desired
- Bring water, anise seed, and star anise pod to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Combine bourbon, Cointreau, orange juice, syrup or honey, and orange blossom water in 4-cup glass measure or other suitable vessel. Strain anise infused water into same vessel. Taste and add additional syrup or honey if needed.
- Divide between two mugs, and garnish each with star anise pod and orange peel as desired. Drink with glee!
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Restorative Recipes
- This recipe was entered in the contest for A & M's Annual Smackdown / Your Best Hot Toddy