Last month we ran a “Build us a spicy cocktail” contest and so many of you entered. Thanks so much! Our three finalists were amazing. I want to thank the lovely and talented author, Kara Newman, for making all the drinks, picking the finalists and then the winner. Kara rocks!

The winner will get all these goodies featured here:

Thanks to all the corporations and individuals who supplied the prizes.

And the winner is:  Panaka Punch – from Panfusine

Kara Newman took these photos of the final drink:

Panaka Punch, submitted byPanfusine

1 oz chilled Lemon flavored Vodka
2 oz Domain de Canton Ginger liqueur
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon powdered dry ginger
2-3 pods Cardamom (seeds lightly crushed)
1/2 a lime ( juice squeezed )
3 ounces chilled sparkling water or lime flavored seltzer

Muddle the brown sugar, cardamom seeds, ginger powder and lime juice till the sugar dissolves. add the vodka, and ginger liqueur along with the seltzer/sparkling water. Strain into glasses (rimmed with sugar if desired) & serve chilled.

Kara says: The flavors were intriguing and complex, and the Panaka Punch had a beautiful aroma too.

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