I don’t know about you, but for me, I have my go-to scents and I generally stick with them. With the recent changing of the seasons however, I’m introducing a newcomer. I’ve made the transition to a slightly warmer fragrance, simply because the chillier season evokes a similar feeling – warm me up. So let me introduce you (if you aren’t familiar already) to a fragrance that will do just that. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon perfume is love at first scent. It’s a delicate balance of tuberose with a sultry vanilla bourbon that creates a warm woody scent that is incredibly intoxicating.

Scent and taste go hand-in-hand, so I found it only fitting to create a cocktail inspired by my new favourite fragrance. I wanted the drink to complement the perfume, and bring out that same warm, spiced scent, but this time on your tastebuds. I decided to infuse a bourbon, and let the subtle aromas and flavours shine – instead of mixing ingredients to “order,” I mixed them in a mason jar, let everything get nice and cozy and infuse into the spirit, and then simply poured it over ice. The full instructions are listed below, and fair warning, this is a boozy cocktail, but you can always tweak things to your liking. I added a little extra vanilla, and if you crave more sweetness, a vanilla infused sugar rim would be a nice touch. Play around, that’s the fun thing about making cocktails…the possibilities are endless. Cheers!

15 oz Elijah Craig 12 yr small batch (or any bourbon whiskey of your choosing)

1/2 a vanilla bean pod, scraped

1/2 a tonka bean, cut in quarters (tonka beans are similar to vanilla beans, but also give off a scent of cinnamon, almond, and clove)

1 star anise pod

1 dash of quality (Mexican is best) vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, including the pod of the vanilla bean. Seal the jar tightly, store in a cool, dark place, and shake once a day or so until your desired flavour is reached. Alcohol is great at extracting flavours, so it doesn’t take much time to get an awesome flavour. Infusing spirits longer doesn’t always equal a better taste, so make sure you taste test regularly. After about 6 hours I removed the vanilla pod, but left the scrapings. Overall, the bourbon infused for 6 days, and then I couldn’t wait any longer! You could even bottle it up and give away as a gift for the upcoming holidays! Have you ever infused alcohol? Comment and let me know what your favourite combinations have been.

Until next time,