This drink is an homage to the late great Sasha Petraske, one of the key harbingers of the modern cocktail renaissance. It's a riff on his drink, The Business (which itself is a riff on the classic Bee's Knees) from his posthumously released book, Regarding Cocktails, and it's a great showcase for how a single ingredient tweak can change the entire flavor profile of a cocktail. We used Caledonia Spirits Tom Cat Gin as the base, and Caledonia's raw honey for the syrup to give it a richer taste and a little viscosity. It's a delicious danger that goes down a little too easily and is perfect for a spring afternoon reward when you've decided you've done enough cleaning for one day.
Risky Business (makes 1 drink)
- 2 oz Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin
- 3/4 oz lime juice
- 3/4 oz rich honey syrup (recipe below)
In a cocktail shaker with ice add the gin, lime juice, and honey syrup. Shake for 15 seconds. Strain into a coupe or Nick and Nora glass. Serve without a garnish.
Rich Honey Syrup (yields enough for 8-10 drinks)
Put 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to incorporate the ingredients. Let it come to room temperature before using. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Note: the kind of honey you use here has a huge influence on the flavor of the cocktail. Raw honey is the best in our opinion, though a little pricey. Try around with a few different types to find your favorite.