A quick glance at all my cocktail recipes on this blog and you’ll know I have a love for all vodka drinks. I’m really trying to expand my horizons, step out of my comfort zone a bit. While I’m not quite ready for a whiskey “neat” like most men I know, I did enjoy this Bourbon Cocktail I came up with recently.
I think bourbon is an acquired taste, and one I haven’t quite developed yet. In the past, my only experience with bourbon or whiskey that I truly enjoyed was in the form of pecan bars or homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream. I knew for me I needed to cut the strong flavor with something sweet. I thought honey or maple syrup would go nice with the bourbon. After a few attempts, I ended up with this cocktail that has Grand Marnier, honey and some lemon juice. I think what I liked about this drink is that the sweetness from the honey syrup, and even the Grand Marnier, is nicely balanced with the sour of the lemon.
If you’re a novice bourbon drinker like me, give this one a try for an introduction to the bourbon drinking world. You might be pleasantly surprised at how drinkable it is. And if you’re a regular bourbon drinker, you just might enjoy a little change of pace once in a while too!Print
- 2 oz. Bourbon (I used Buffalo Trace)
- 1 oz. Grand Marnier
- 1/2 – 1 oz. Honey syrup*
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- Combine ingredients in cocktail mixing glass with ice. Shake or stir to combine and chill, then strain into old fashioned (rocks) glass filled with ice, or one big ice cube.
- Garnish with Lemon or Orange peel.
To make honey syrup, combine equal parts honey and water in small saucepan. Bring to boil, then remove from heat and let cool.