Below you will find a collection of cocktails featuring cardamom, a unique and aromatic spice well suited to mixology. Its complex flavor profile, with its floral and citrus notes and spicy zest, make it a perfect ingredient for adding a bit of exotic interest to cocktails. In this cocktail collection there's a variety of recipes that incorporate cardamom. They range from light and refreshing to rich and warming You should be able find one suitable for any season. Whether you're looking for a drink to cool down on a hot summer day or to cozy up with on a chilly winter night, cardamom is a good cocktail companion.
If you look through these recipes, you'll see that our creators all start with different forms of cardamom to make their simple syrups. Some use whole cardamom pods, lightly crushed; some use ground cardamom; and some use seeds to make an infusion. There are also examples where other spices are paired with cardamom to add more depth to the syrup.
For quick reference we're sharing our own basic cardamom simple syrup recipe here too. This simple syrup can be used in for many of the cocktails in this collection, as well as others that you might want to experiment with. It's easy to make at home so try them in your margaritas, daiquiris, mojitos, collins, and more. Grab your cocktail shaker!
This make-ahead recipe features Lillet Rosé, an aperitif that marries fruity liqueur with orange blossoms and wine made with Sémillon grapes. It is essential for the delicate pink color of this drink, but red vermouth will do in a pinch.
This spicy-sweet cocktail is inspired by the Moscow Mule, a popular drink in the 1940s made with ginger beer and traditionally served in a copper mug to hold the chill. This is a two-step recipe that marries a simple ginger-infused syrup with toasted Moroccan-style spices.
This recipe is inspired by the classic vieux carré cocktail, named after the French term for “old square” and referring to the French Quarter of New Orleans. It is typically composed of rye whiskey and cognac, a sweet liquor (such as vermouth), and a dash of Peychaud's bitters, the sweeter alternative to savory Angostura bitters.
This recipe is a spin on a classic Mexican Paloma. A cocktail that features tequila and grapefruit can so easily be elevated when you add a cardamom-infused simple syrup.
From Rachel's post: "An ICU rotation plus a COVID diagnosis means I’m sticking with echinacea tea and those Liquid IV packets for the time being (not sure if those are actually beneficial, but placebo effect has been proven to work very well). But this is a tasty one to enjoy when your taste buds are at full strength 😂."
A lovely cardamom spiced bubbly beverage, it has a touch of bitters, champagne, and squeeze of lemon. It is perfect for toasting in the new year but can make any day special.
This flavorful cocktail is a twist on the classic brandy “flip,” a type of drink that includes a whole egg. It is typically served in a smaller variety of martini or coupe glass affectionally known as a Nick and Nora glass, named in honor of the fictional 1930s-era husband and wife sleuths, Nick and Nora Charles.
From Rachel's post: "Life update: I have discovered the joy of freshly ground nutmeg. Look at the pretty brown crinkles! This is a little fall-inspired tiki number here featuring a plethora of warm spices from @selefina.spices! The pumpkin spice powder is 👌."
Warm and sweet with citrusy notes, this beverage provides all the best loved flavors of fall. It makes an excellent after-dinner drink served with apple crisp or pumpkin pie.
Stoke the fire, don your slippers and select a good book before bringing this delightful concoction to your lips.