I never know who—or if—to thank for these packages. Barenjager, known to less-than-most as a German honey liqueur, sent in a sample bottle of their new Honey & Bourbon boozer. Though initial impressions bring to mind the nipple-searing tipple of a pertussic bosun, our friendly bartender Nick Keane worked some magic on the stuff one recent afternoon and came up with the following smartly-balanced cocktails. All on the five-person tasting panel found at least one favorite among the bunch, so if you have a bottle of this curious premium liqueur ($28.99 MSRP) kicking around, may this guiding light help your feet find the path. It is, as Nick succinctly put it, “definitely an adjunct and not a base spirit.”
Recipes and flavor sets after the jump.
I made these names up after the event. They were not “decided on.”
The Fremantle Public Art Fire
1 oz Barenjager
3/4 oz Maker’s Mark
1 oz lemon juice
Three dashes bitters
Shake, strain over ice with soda to taste. This was the “all-dayer” of the bunch.
Your Mouth Plays the Chord of Your Body
3/4 oz Barenjager
1 oz Campari
1/2 oz Smith & Cross rum
Three dashes orange bitters
Stir and strain, serve up with a twist. This was Nick’s take on a negroni.
At this point, the notes and ratios went out the window. Use these hastily-scrawled flavor combinations as good guidelines, but no more.
The Mexican Body Decision
Fresh jalapeño slice
And ? (call nick in the future)
Served up on ice