A rosy twist on a classic old fashioned.
I'm always envious of whiskey drinkers. They just look so damn cool. There's something about the sleek glass, sexy caramel color, the subtle sipping sound that makes me nursing a pinot grigio feel inferior in the alcoholic beverage category. I've always wanted to incorporate it into my personal cocktail lineup but I think a bad experience with the cheap stuff in college has given me pause. I need to take baby steps into the world of whiskey.
My first step is with this lovely whiskey cocktail, Rosemary's Honey. Incorporating rosemary and honey, it's a twist on a classic old fashioned recipe. It's still relatively sweet but the rosemary makes it a little bit more interesting. And yes, drinking it makes me feel like an all around cooler human being. I'll be buying spherical ice molds and a smoking jacket in no time.
Make a big batch of the rosemary honey simple syrup and experiment using it in other cocktails. Or just place it directly in your mouth. It will stay good in your refrigerator for about a week.
You can add more or less simple syrup, depending on how ~rosy~ you want it.
The same goes for the orange. You can add more or less based on how ~orangey~ you want it. I added a lot because like I said, I'm a beginner and still not feeling remotely cool enough for whiskey.
Ingredients (makes two whiskey cocktails):
Rosemary Honey Syrup
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1/2 cup Water
- 2 Sprigs of fresh rosemary
Tip: you can make more or less, just use equal parts honey and water
Rosemary's Honey Cocktail
- 4.5 oz Whiskey
- 8 tsps Rosemary Honey Syrup
- 4-6 dashes Angostura bitters
- 4 Orange slices
- 2 Rosemary sprigs
First make the rosemary honey syrup by combining the water and honey in a small saucepan. Heat them in the saucepan and stir until the honey melts.
Add the rosemary sprig into the honey water mixture. Put it on high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool, about 10-15 minutes.
Add a few ice cubes to two glasses, then pour in about 4 teaspoons of the cooled rosemary honey syrup (make sure you remove the rosemary sprigs), 2.5 ounces of whiskey and 2-3 dashes of bitters into each. Stir to combine. You should be slightly overwhelmed by how good it smells.
- Squeeze a little bit of orange juice into each glass (up to a whole slice in each) then stir again.
- Garnish with a slice of orange and rosemary sprig in each.