Fall Spice Cordial Recipe

Kara Newman's Fall Spice Cordial Cocktail
The Fall Spice Cordial from Kara Newman's Spice & Ice is a smooth bourbon drink with a DIY chipotle-orange syrup for a little kick. Steve Brown Photography / Photolibrary / Getty Images
  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Drink Mixing: 3 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail

This Fall Spice Cordial is an amazing drink with a little spice and a little chill with a lot of flavors that are ideal for chilly autumn nights.

The fascinating ingredient here is the chipotle-orange syrup (recipe below), which has a tang, kick and sweetness rolled into one and it plays very nicely against a premium bourbon and the soothing taste of the vanilla.

Navan has been discontinued since Newman's book was published, so you will have to substitute it with another vanilla liqueur. Newman now suggests Licor 43 be used in place of Navan for the Fall Spice Cordial.


Steps to Make It

  1. Mix together all ingredients except for the orange peel.

  2. Shake together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

  3. Garnish with the orange peel.

Chipotle-Orange Syrup

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.

  2. Reduce to a simmer and add the chipotle pepper and orange peel.

  3. Cover and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain with a fine-mesh sieve and add the sugar.

  4. Return to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves.

  5. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  6. Pour the syrup into a container and keep in the refrigerator.