1 cup sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
2 whole star anise
3 green cardamom pods
1 cup fresh cranberries
6 ounces rye whiskey (such as McKenzie)
2 ounces fresh lime juice
lime slices (for garnish)
In a small pot over medium heat, stir sugar in 1 cup water until dissolved to create simple syrup. Reserve 1/4 cup.
Place spices on an 8-inch square of cheesecloth and secure with twine to create a sachet. Crush spices lightly. Add sachet and cranberries to simple syrup. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and discard sachet.
In a shaker, mix 4 teaspoons cranberry mixture, whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice. Pour into 4 glasses with ice. Top each with a splash of seltzer.
Garnish with lime and enjoy! :clink
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