Smash came over last week and asked if she could make me a cocktail. I’m a really good friend, so all I asked in return is that she write a guest post so that you could recreate this wonder for yourself at home.
P.S. You don’t have to serve it in a hipster-friendly mason jar, but it helps.
Welcome to my first guest post! I’m honored to be here.
I have been blessed with rather accurate taste buds and a knack for guessing right about which flavors, in what amounts, will be complementary. The most fun and popular use of this talent takes form inside a cocktail shaker.
Last week I had a rather fabulous girls’ night in with J at her humble abode. Armed with snacks, nesting materials, and a double feature, we were almost ready for action. She had recently read a recipe for lemonade on one of her favorite treat-centered blogs, so we decided that would be the inspiration for our cocktails for the night. I squeezed the daylights out of three lemons, emptied the ice trays into the ice bucket and refilled them, and asked J where to find the remaining ingredients for the lemonade. Sugar? No sugar. This is a Paleo household. But we have honey! So, the actual lemonade recipe was hung up for another day. J mentioned that she had seen somewhere a drink with rosemary, and asked if I wanted to dabble with some of the fresh basil we’d gotten, or perhaps with some rosemary. Brilliant.
I poured a tiny splash of gin into the mortar, added about 8 healthy shakes worth of rosemary, and ground (I love that they have a mortar and pestle!)* After a few minutes, I poured in a little more gin so I could swirl it around the mortar and pour all the precious ginny ground rosemary into the shaker. Next came ice, 4 tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice, a healthy pour of gin (a count of 4, probably around 3 shots worth), and two strong squeezes of clover honey (approximately 3tbsp). Shake vigorously and pour over one massive ice cube, with the slightest little champagne float, and you will have about two deliciously well-balanced, flavorful, and rather strong cocktails!
This drink is not only a treat for the taste buds (and for your date when you are just squiffy enough that you can’t stop kissing him), it’s also aesthetically pleasing in color and has charming flecks of rosemary and the occasional bead of lemon pulp. I’ve named this delicious blend of honey, spice, gin and tart, “The Honeybadger.” Make it, drink it, love it, share it.
(After completing the first batch of Honeybadgers, grind your next round’s gin-rosemary concoction and let stand in about an ounce of gin while you imbibe your first round. This will bring that delightful rosemary flavor forward even more, but you don’t have to sit and stare at sad booze you can’t consume for 20 minutes! It’s just there waiting patiently for you when you’re ready for round two.)
*Don’t have a mortar and pestle? Yeah, that’s normal. Neither do I. At home I use a shot glass and the rounded butt of a kitchen knife to grind spices… just be careful with your hands, hmm? Don’t have a shot glass? That’s not normal. Go get shot glasses, and a mortar and pestle while you’re at it.