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Bah! Humbug!

Time 10 minutes
Yields Serves 1
Bah! Humbug!

Vanilla bean and orange simple syrup

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In a measuring cup or bowl, muddle the vanilla, orange zest and rosemary in the sugar. Add the water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Set the syrup aside for a few hours to give the flavors time to infuse. Strain before using. This makes a generous 1/2 cup simple syrup, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe. The syrup will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 1 week.

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In a cocktail shaker, combine the rum, cream, simple syrup and bitters over ice. Shake well and strain into an Old Fashioned glass. Add ice, and garnish with grated nutmeg and a flaming rosemary sprig.

Adapted from Hinoki and & the Bird bar manager Gregory Westcott.

Jenn Harris is a senior writer for the Food section and is also the fried chicken queen of L.A. She has a BA in literary journalism from UCI and an MA in journalism from USC. Follow her @Jenn_Harris_.
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