The secret to kitchen magic is being out of everything you think you need. Nothing good is going to happen until you realize mid-recipe that you don’t have the one and only ingredient you’re sure you can’t do without. When you’re standing on a chair, pulling Christmas sprinkles and pinto beans out of the cupboard, desperate for even a tablespoon more of powdered sugar, you’re ready for the muse.
Thanks to my beloved Sodastream, I recently found my simple syrup stores depleted. Of course, I didn’t realize this until I was mid-gimlet. There was maple syrup; I figured it would do. Turns out, I made something extra delicious completely by accident and I’ve made it on purpose a number of times since. The maple syrup is warm like pancakes and the gin has cool botanicals. At my imaginary cocktail bar, this drink is called the icy-hot.
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