Local Libations: Honey in the Rye
Along with Andrew’s whiskey play in his Sour Mash, his week’s libation was inspired by a local watering hole in San Diego: Banker’s Hill Bar and Restaurant. Andrew’s Summer mash up of raspberry, lemon sugar and Bourbon caught me off season as I don’t normally crave whiskey based drinks to quench my Summer cocktail thirst. The simplicity and sweetness intrigued me to take the challenge: I would relay off of the whiskey to test my Summer whiskey perceptions. FYI: drink I am about to share with you is GOOD – Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall!
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For my whiskey foundation I chose Bulleit Rye Whiskey, a good value, it’s made here in the USA and has a super rye flavor. The “secret” ingredient in my Summer whiskey cocktail is Buenjueger, a honey liquor. Nothing says Summer like some sweet floral honey – right? This stuff is super sweet, yummy and in a very cool bottle to keep on your bar – bonus!
This cocktail should have a pronounced honey flavor, but what makes this drink sooo good are the undertones of flavor that will sneak up on you like a Summer breeze and take your breath away! That breeze is Pernod, which has an intense anise flavor. To make sure my honey flavor didn’t get swallowed by the anise I had to play with the ratios a bit. I started with ½ oz of Pernod and it was way too syrupy and sweet. I then reduced the amount of Pernod to a ¼ oz (more of a splash really) using it in a similar fashion to a bitters.
This wouldn’t be a Summery California drink if I didn’t add some fresh sunshine to the mix, so I squeezed just enough fresh lemon to bring out the flavor of the honey and give this drink a subtle pucker. It was just what it needed to soften the sweet edge and blend the anise and honey together into a what I am calling the Honey in the Rye.
Honey in the Rye
Tools: Cocktail shaker, knife, lemon peeler, oz glass, snifter glass, lemon juicer, ice
- 3 oz Rye whiskey
- 1 oz Barenjager
- Splash of Pernod
- Dash of Angostura bitters
- Lemon juice to taste
- Lemon twist
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice
- Add Rye Whiskey, Barenjager, Pernod, and bitters
- Shake and taste
- Add lemon juice till desired sweet /tart
- Shake and pour into snifter glass
- Add lemon twist for garnish