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Waverly Place Echo
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Waverly Place Echo

Scott Beattie, The Living Room, W Hotel South Beach, South Beach, Florida / March 2013

This recipe is from Hey, Good Lookin' in the March 2013 issue.

  • 3/4 oz. Hangar Mandarin Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. vodka
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • mandarin orange segments
  • 3/4 oz. Five Spice Honey Syrup (see below)
  • 1 oz. soda
  • pomegranate seeds
  • edible flower

Combine the first seven ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir; add ice; shake. Pour into a tall Collins glass. Garnish with an edible flower.

Five Spice Honey Syrup
Makes 2 2/3 cups (enough for about 25 cocktails and 30 marinated Mandarin orange segments)

  • 5 whole star anise pods
  • 1 Tbsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in to pieces
  • 1 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. Szechuan peppercorns
  • 2 2/3 simple syrup
  • 2 tsp. honey

Blend the spices in a grinder to a coarse powder. Heat a pot over medium heat; add the spices; and toast. Add the simple syrup and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low; add honey; simmer 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat; cool to room temperature; strain. Syrup will keep for 1 month if refrigerated in an airtight container.