Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez
If you're not familiar with the joy of chewing on a piece of honeycomb, you're in for a real treat with the garnish on this cocktail. Look for comb at specialty and farmers' markets; some honey has it right in the jar. Use your best honey here; the more floral and vibrant it is, the better. Pair with a charcuterie board featuring rich cheeses, salty meats and fresh fruit to complete happy hour. Serve the drink with Radish and Arugula Crostini with Brie as a summertime appetizer.
Serves 6 (serving size: about 4 oz.)
1. Combine 2 tablespoons hot water and 2 1/4 teaspoons honey in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup ice, 3 ounces gin, 1 1/2 ounces vermouth, 1 1/2 ounces orange juice, and 1 ounce lemon juice. Cover with lid; shake 1 minute.
2. Strain into 3 glasses; top each with 1 1/4 ounces club soda. Repeat procedure. Place 1 rind strip in each glass; garnish with honeycomb.