The Bourbon Smash gets an upgrade in this sip from Guas, who’s also a spokesperson for the National Honey Board. The mead makes for a smooth cocktail while bourbon provides body.
- 3 blackberries
- 2 tablespoons honey syrup (directions below)
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 orange peel
- 1½ ounces mead
- 1 ounce Belle Meade Bourbon
- Splash of water
Combine blackberries, honey syrup, bitters and orange peel in a large rocks glass. Muddle together, mashing the blackberries. Add a single 2-inch by 2-inch ice cube, followed by the mead, Bourbon and water. Using a cocktail spoon, stir for 30 seconds.
Combine ¼ cup wildflower honey and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan. Heat until dissolved (no more than 1 minute).