Sweet & Spicy Caramelized Nuts

As anyone who's walked the busy streets of NYC will tell you, roasting nuts advertise themselves - and there's no better place to unleash their power than a cozy holiday party. Here, we pair coconut flower nectar's nutty undertones with cardamom, cinnamon and a touch of black pepper for a sweet heat that perfectly compliments the season (and bourbon).

Sweet & Spicy Caramelized Nuts

2 cups roasted nuts, any variety

1/2 cup granulated coconut flower nectar

2 tbsp water

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp salt, for finishing

1. Combine all ingredients except salt in a medium saucepan. Over medium flame, heat mixture until granulated coconut flower nectar has liquified, and liquid appears transparent. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 8-10 minutes.

2.  On a baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment, pour contents of saucepan and spread out thinly with a spoon. Sprinkle with salt and allow to cool completely.