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Arak the Casbah


From Holly Roberts, partner and beverage director of New York's Amalia.

Flavored Liqueur
4 cinnamon sticks
3 cups water
8 cardamom pods
8 cloves
4 whole allspice
1 cup artisanal arak anise-flavored distilled alcohol
4 cups dry red wine
Bring water to a boil. Add spices and continue to boil for 15 minutes. Strain water from spices. Discard spices and allow water to cool. Add arak and red wine. Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with a small cinnamon stick. Makes 6 servings