Dark Night of the Soul

34 oz Rum, Cruzan Blackstrap
34 oz Cynar 70
34 oz Chinese five spice syrup (See Notes)
34 oz Cream
Instructions
Shake with ice, strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a pinch of 5 spice powder or a single whole star anise.
Notes
For the Chinese 5 spice syrup combine 1 cup each water and demerara sugar with toasted 5 spice ingredients (.5 tbsp cloves, 1 tbsp each Szechuan peppercorn & fennel seeds, 2 tbsp star anise, 1 cracked cinnamon stick). Sous vide for 2 hours at 145 degrees, plunge into ice bath, strain and bottle. Add .25 oz overproof vodka if desired to extend shelf life. Alternately use 3 tbsp of quality 5 spice powder. Or there are also several stove top recipes for 5 spice syrup available online.
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