This week’s cocktail is brought to you by Olio. I stopped in after taking the Knitted Plaid workshop at fibre space last weekend and discovered some cocktail mixers from Bittermillk, a craft mixer company based in Charleston, SC. I purchased the mixer to make a Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour. It sounds complicated, and it would be complicated to make from all homemade ingredients. By using this mixer, making a smoked honey whiskey sour is nearly as easy as making a gin and tonic. You can follow the instructions on the bottle of mixer, but I’ve changed the proportions to make a more spirit-forward, less sweet version.
This cocktail is rated Hip: No cocktail mixing experience required.
All you need is rye or bourbon, Bittermilk No. 3: Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour, and ice. I recommend a mid-level rye; don’t waste your high-end spirits. You want rye with a bit of bite to balance the honey in the mixer.
I used 2 oz. of rye and 1 oz. of Bittermilk. The bottle recommends a one-to-one ratio of spirit to mixer, but I found this too sweet. For best results, shake the ingredients with ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker or are feeling lazy, just stir the ingredients together with ice in an old-fashioned glass.
This cocktail is DELICIOUS. Run, don’t walk, to fibre space. Then, stop in at Olio and get some Bittermilk. I’ll be getting one of each mixer they carry the next time I’m in Alexandria!