Honeyed Spiced Vodka

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A lot of times, especially this time of year for me, my throat gets scratchy and my eyes water and I know it is allergies. For me this time of year is my allergy season. When my throat is raw and scratchy I kind of like to sooth it with lemon and honey. Well mostly honey, it coats and sooths it and I love that. With this drink I used the zest of the lemon and really loved it.  This really is good hot or cold and it helps clear up that stuffy nose, if only for a little while.

Honeyed Spiced Vodka

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups honey
2/3 cup water
1 vanilla bean split or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
4 allspice berries (optional)
Zest of a medium orange
Zest of a small lemon
2 cups vodka or grain alcohol

Directions:

Combine honey, water, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and the zest of both the orange and lemon. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce and simmer about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Strain through a cheese cloth or coffee filter. Add vodka. Serve hot or cold. This makes approximately 1 quart.

Peace be with you,

Veronica