(everclear, 151 rum, or other high proof spirit)
(simple syrup, honey, molasses, or any other sweetener you prefer)
ADD all spices to a clean mason jar and cover with the alcohol.
SEAL the jar and keep it in a cool, dark place for two weeks.
SHAKE the jar once a day to ensure flavors are diffusing equally.
STRAIN the alcohol using a cheesecloth into another mason jar, after two weeks.
SEAL the jar and save the strained alcohol for later.
MUDDLE the spices from the cheesecloth in a bowl until turned into a slurry or paste.
PLACE this mixture into a saucepan with the water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and let simmer for 5-7 minutes.
POUR the mixture into a mason jar and store in a cool, dark place for 5 days, shaking daily.
STRAIN through cheesecloth into a jar and discard spices.
MEASURE out equal parts alcohol mixture and infused water and combine in a mason jar.
SAVE remaining water to further dilute alcohol mixture if necessary.
TASTE and add desired sweetness.