I love whiskey. I didn’t like it the first time I tried it. Or the second. In fact, for years I thought I hated it. Then a magical trip to Ireland changed my mind and now I love it. And although there are much worse hardships with being pregnant, I have missed pouring a little whiskey over some ice and enjoying it with a nice long chat with a friend. As I’ve been thinking about pleasurable drinks I can still enjoy during pregnancy, I’ve realized there’s NOTHING that can actually replace it or quite emulate whiskey.
But I can approximate the general experience of drinking a whiskey. I want something deeply brown sugary tasting with a little vanilla and other kinds of uncertain complexity to it. So here is a syrup made with molasses and honey, vanilla and spices. You pour a little over ice and top with just a bit of seltzer. It’s strongly flavored and complex, for sipping, not gulping. See the full post with all recipe links here.
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5 cloves
- 1 inch ginger cut into medallions
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 liters seltzer
- lime cut into wedges (optional)