Prepare for winter with this chestnut recipe.

Prepare for winter with this chestnut recipe.

It’s not quite Christmas just yet, but we can’t help but think about chestnuts roasting on an open fire. There’s just something about that earthy taste of chestnut that resonates with us as autumn quickly approaches. The crisper early mornings and muffled afternoon heat are prepping our appetites for the warmth that this nut has to offer.

Add a few tablespoons to your favorite pie to give it a little extra...

Add a few tablespoons to your favorite pie to give it a little extra…

Despite their name, chestnuts aren’t like your typical peanuts. Instead, they’re more like popcorn, with a hard outer shell and soft flesh on the inside. This is precisely why chestnuts are baked before eating – or roasted over an open fire. They’re popular in foods such as pudding, ice cream, cakes, stuffing, and sauces. But the wood from chestnut trees is equally as popular. The wood can be used to assemble furniture, cabinets, musical instruments, and other items that require fine workmanship.

If you’re interested in infusing the chestnut flavor into your drink recipe, especially as summer comes to an end, we can’t blame you! But first, we have to make chestnut syrup so that you can add this warm flavor to your favorite drink recipe.

For chestnut syrup, bake 15 chestnuts in the oven. Be sure to slit each nut at the end with an X so that the nuts naturally pop open – instead of exploding in the oven. After baking for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, peel the skin and chop the nuts and stir into a saucepan with 2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar.

Reduce to a simmer after reaching a boil, and leave on the stove for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. And voilà – you have homemade premium syrup for your drink recipe! Be sure to add 1 oz. of vodka so that you can store the syrup in the refrigerator and keep it fresh.

Of course, if you don’t have the time to make syrup or would rather enjoy the taste of premium syrup, you can always use Amoretti Premium Chestnut Praline Syrup. In fact, why not use it for the Chestnut Toddy Cocktail?

Chestnut Toddy Cocktail

Makes one cocktail.

Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and add the ingredients, shaking vigorously to ensure the flavors mix evenly with the premium syrup. Strain into a frosted martini glass. For a unique garnish, feel free to top this drink recipe with a whole chestnut that’s been partially split in the middle.

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