Monday, January 30, 2012

To Bee or Not to Bee

And now back to our regularly scheduled eating and blogging.... Yes, it's time for a cocktail recipe. You have to be open to inspiration from wherever it comes, so when my step-daughter left the remainder of a  bottle of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey at the house when she headed back to college after Christmas break, I knew I'd end up playing eventually, if nothing else to speed the bottle, at last empty, to its recycled future (I am nothing if not a civic-minded drinker). As a kid myself (that is a legally drinking kid--the age was still 18 in those less MADD days) I had a bit of a Drambuie fixation--perhaps a way to sweeten my dad's love of Scotch, and may you Freudian mixologists have with that fact as you will--so I can see the interest in turning whiskey into liqueur. It just means you get to drink more of it, if nothing else. But the stuff is pretty sweet. So here is my solution, as pyschocandy is dandy, but liquor is quicker:

Just Like Honey Cocktail

(makes two--always make two, as either it's about romance or the lack thereof)

4 oz. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
1.5 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 oz. dry vermouth (Noilly Prat recommended)
1 oz. Low Gap clear whiskey
lemon strips for garnish

Shake all the liquids with ice in a shaker. Split into two chilled up glasses. Add lemon strip as garnish.

This is particularly recommended for Monday, slightly damp evenings when you think a bit of a cold wants you, and you want to fight it off as tastefully as possible.

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