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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Episode 058 - HI Honey

It's that time again. I just posted my 58th episode on HONEY. If you're not subscribed to my podcast through iTunes, why not?

On this episode, I give the good and the bad on honey. We talk about how to mix it easily into your cocktails and of course cocktail recipes using honey.

I also play a couple messages received on my new voiceline: 559-WE-DRINK. Do you have a question, comment, or just want to do a shout-out? Give me a call and leave a message.

Here are the recipes given but don't just go by these. Go listen to this episode to learn more.

Bee's Knees
4 parts gin
2 parts lemon
1 part 1:1 honey syrup
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
(If you use Cuban Rum instead of Gin, it's called a Honeysuckle.)

Lonsdale (Vince Lund at Beretta)
1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
1 oz apple juice (I prefer apple cider)
1/2 oz 1:1 orange blossom honey syrup
2 basil leaves
Bruise basil by slapping it between your palms and then tearing into strips. Shake everything up with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.

Honey, Thyme & Ginger Caipirinha

1 1/2 oz cachaca
1/2 oz ginger liqueur
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz honey
sprig thyme
Stir ingredients (minus thyme) until honey is incorporated. Add ice and a sprig of thyme. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with chrystalized ginger. [Follow my instructions on the show about using a honey syrup and you can jump directly to shaking and cut out having to stir to incorporate honey, which can be very time consuming.]

A twist on the Margarita
1 1/2 oz reposado tequila
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz 2:1 honey syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a splash of sparkling wine to give it POP.

Mr. Martini's Hot Toddy
Add 1 oz bourbon to a heated coffee glass. Twist a lemon peel over the glass, rub the rim and drop it in. Add honey to your sweetness level. Fill with hot Earl Grey tea. Stir to fully incorporate the honey. Let it warm your body and soul.

Bumble Bee Cocktail (Special thanks to Erik Atkins at Heaven's Dog)
2 oz Appleton's V/X rum
3/4 oz lime juice
1 oz 1:1 honey syrup
1/2 oz egg white
Shake without ice to froth egg whites. Add ice and shake to chill and dilute. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a few drops of angostura bitters on top of the white foam (signature of any drink shaken with egg whites) and finish with an orange peel as well.

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