Sponsored Recipe: Crème de cassis and a spicy simple syrup bring complexity to this tequila cocktail.
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1 1/2 ounces Roca Patrón Reposado tequila
3 ounces apple cider
3/4 ounce crème de cassis
1/2 ounce spiced simple syrup (see Note)
How to Make It
Layer all ingredients over ice in a tall Collins glass.
To make the Spiced Simple Syrup: Using a spice grinder, grind 2 cups cinnamon sticks, 1 cup star anise pods, 1 cup cloves, and 1 cup Szechuan peppercorns. Transfer mixture to a saucepan and gently start to toast spices over low heat, being careful not to burn spices. Add 5 cups simple syrup to spices and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer and transfer syrup to a squeeze bottle.
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