What is a clove?

Cloves are a highly aromatic spice from the dried flower buds of the Syzygium aromaticum tree.
They are native to Indonesia and have been used for centuries in cooking, cocktails, medicine, and even as a natural insect repellent.

Cloves contain several important nutrients, such as vitamins C and K, manganese, and fiber. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and are believed to improve digestion and dental health.

Cloves plant

Which cocktails with cloves?

Cloves have a warm, sweet, and slightly bitter taste, which makes them a popular ingredient in cocktails and spiced wine.

You can prepare, for example, a tremendous warm orange clove-infused cognac cocktail.
Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 (2-inch) orange rind strips
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 700-milliliter cognac bottle
  • ¼ cup Simple Syrup

Here is the recipe:

  • Place the first 3 ingredients in a canning jar. Add cognac, cover with a metal lid, and screw on the band. Let cognac stand at room temperature for 4 days.
  • Shake the jar to distribute flavors. Pour cognac mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in Simple Syrup, pour into a clean canning jar or 3 to 4 small bottles. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Cloves aroma in cognac

Regarding cognac, the cloves’ aroma adds a distinct and captivating element to the experience.

During the aging process in oak barrels, cognac develops a complex flavor profile that includes a harmonious blend of spices.
With their warm and slightly sweet notes, cloves contribute to this intricate tapestry of flavors.