Add ingredients to a mixing tin and stir aggressively to dissolve the Karo syrup into the drink. Add ice and hard shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled single martini glass (4.5oz). Garnish with a star anise pod.
Gently warm 4oz of light Karo Syrup with 1 star anise pod and 3 whole cloves for ~10 minutes, making sure to keep it below a simmer. Strain and store.
I wanted to make a cocktail using a very non-traditional and currently taboo sweetener: Karo corn syrup. The richness and salinity of the aquavit played perfectly into this drink, and the spice addition added depth; clarifying the citrus added a sharpness and a bonus being visually cleaner, and the drink ended up with a luxurious, almost glassy texture to it. Really incredible!