Blackberry Mead-Fashioned Cocktail

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Courtesy of David Guas, chef/owner of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery, Arlington, Virginia

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.

For the Honey Syrup

Combine ¼ cup wildflower honey and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan. Heat until dissolved (no more than 1 minute).

Published on September 28, 2016