Fun fact: star anise is a good source of shikimic acid, which is used in the production of the flu-fighting medication oseltamivir (Tamiflu). So, with influenza season closing in, a star anise-infused Flu Shot might be just the thing.
Hart House Restaurant’s lead cocktail designer, Luba Lojpur, created this smooth drink with caramel and citrus notes and a toasty finish.
Hart House Restaurant’s Flu Shot
1 ½ oz Belvedere Single Estate Vodka Lake Bartęźek
½ oz Amaro Montenegro
⅓ oz star anise-infused simple syrup
1 - 2 dashes Angostura bitters
To make simple syrup, add two whole star anise to the liquid during the sugar reduction.
Chill a coupe glass with ice.
Fill a Boston shaker with ice and add vodka, amaro, and simple syrup.
Add bitters (one dash for a sweeter drink, 2 for a stronger flavour).
Empty coupe glass of ice. Pour liquid through a strainer into the chilled coupe glass.
Take two star anise and use a torch or lighter to toast it under the flame. While still smoking, drop the anise into the glass.