Honey Hole – A Beautiful Floral Cocktail

Honey Hole
Honey Hole

What Does The Honey Hole Taste Like

The honey hole is a beautiful blend of floral flavors with spice. The flowery sweetness of the elderflower liqueur and honey are balanced well with the spiciness of the rye. You can choose to pour this neat if you want for a short, strong pre-dinner cocktail or serve it up tiki-style and pour it dirty for a refreshing sipper. Either is good, but I choose to do it tiki-style for the photo because it is terrific served this way, and I feel this style of pouring is underrepresented.

This is not a classic cocktail, but one I made for a friend’s wedding I bartended for. The bride was a big whiskey sour kick at the time and wanted that to be one of the drinks on the menu. They planned the wedding near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in a beautiful wildflower field, so I modified the cocktail to be floral. The bride pushed me to add the cocktail to the app and website and call it Jack’s honey hole, and while I enjoy a good dirty, off-color joke, I feel I should present the semblance of decency.

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Honey Hole

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

3

minutes

How to make the Honey Hole.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz Honey Syrup

  • 1/2 oz Elderflower Liqueur

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients into a shaker, and add a scoop of crushed ice.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour the whole shaker into the serving glass. Ice and all
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St. Rita – Make This Delicious Floral Margarita

St. Rita Cocktail
St. Rita Cocktail

Honestly, once you have a St. Rita, you will not be satisfied with a regular margarita again. Well… I mean, I don’t know… maybe you will… I can’t tell you, and everyone has a different taste. My parents first introduced me to this cocktail in 2008 and that’s around when everyone else was first discovering it. St. Germain was launched in 2007, and as a way to market it, the company created variations of classic cocktails using its liqueur. It’s not vintage, but it’s damn good.

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St. Rita Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

274

kcal
ABV

27%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the modern classic, the St. Rita.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 oz Lime Juice

  • 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur

  • 2 oz Mezcal

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker and add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.

Notes

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Moss Head – Make This Delicious Midori Fizz

Moss Head Cocktail
Moss Head Cocktail

Making A Midori Fizz.

The moss head is my attempt to make an improved Midori sour because the Midori sour is not a very well-balanced drink, in my opinion. It has very little alcohol and is painfully sweet. My goal for this cocktail was to make a better Midori sour by reducing the amount of Midori, adding floral flavor to complement the melon taste, and giving the drink a bit more alcohol to level out the sweetness. It’s less one-dimensional and taste more like a regular cocktail. The egg whites also add a nice creamy texture that reminds me of those fun Korean melon milk drinks.

How To Get Egg White Right In Cocktails.

Cocktails with egg whites are difficult cocktails to get right, and anyone who says otherwise is projecting a false image. Everyone who has made a fizz has had one of these pops open on them while shaking, only to make a mess. The best advice I can pass on to making any fizz cocktail is it comes down to 2 things; Technique and chemistry. A common technique that works very well is using a dry shake. A dry shake is shaking all your ingredients together without ice first to make forming the foam easier. The foam will still form with ice, but you will work twice as hard for half the result if you shake with ice first. The first shake is only about 20-30 seconds of vigorous shaking, but this is the part that forms most of your foam. A little tip here is to wrap a kitchen towel around the seal of your shaker because no matter how strong you are or how tight your grip, it will pop open a little. As the egg whites unfold, they can expand up to 8x their original size, thus increasing the pressure inside the shaker and forcing small amounts of the sugary egg mix to squirt out. Wrapping a small towel around the shaker will catch this and keep things clean.

Next and more important is chemistry. You have to get the science right for egg whites to foam properly. Denaturing/unfolding egg protein into a meringue is more science than brawn, and a friend of mine who is a baker once gave me this advice for how she made meringue at the bakery.

  1. Keep it room temperature.
  2. Use an acid to help break the proteins hydrogen bonds and unfold it in addition to beating it.
  3. Use sugar to stabilize the foam from collapsing and to form smaller bubbles.

A mistake I made for a long time was using eggs fresh from the fridge. Even if I’m doing a dry shake, I’m still starting with cold ingredients. So take the eggs out and let them come to room temperature first. Cold egg protein is much more stable and difficult to break apart than if it is at room temperature. The next tip is to use acid. Bakers will use cream of tartar as the acid helps accelerate the denaturing process along with beating it. In the cocktail, we use lemon or lime juice. It is much, much harder to form a foam without using an acid. The last bit of advice is to use sugar to stabilize the foamed protein from collapsing. A sweet liqueur alone isn’t enough. I’ve tried making fizzes with just liqueurs for sweeter alone, and they have never formed a good foam. This needs real simple syrup. If you don’t use sugar in your Fizz, what will happen is the foam will develop, but it will collapse back into the liquid just as fast, and you will be left with a thin layer of lame bubbles on top. It will still taste the same and be good, but that beautiful foam will be gone, and for these drinks, the large foam head is the garnish. The sugar makes the water “wetter” and helps keep the suspended air inside from combining into larger bubbles. This helps form a smoother micro bubble foam.

Cocktails with egg whites are some of the most elegant and sublime cocktails, but they are not the easiest to make. Eventually, you can get to a point where you can make them correctly and consistently, but it can take a while and many failed attempts. Hopefully, the tips I gave help shorten that journey. There are a lot of tips and tricks out there for making fizzes, and I tried to keep mine reasonable and realistic, but see what works for you. I’ve been doing this for a long time, and still, I have the occasional one that doesn’t foam up well, even though I make them all the same. It’s just the nature of the egg sometimes, and I accept it and make it again.

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Moss Head Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

262

kcal
ABV

24%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Improved Midori Sour No. 2 Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Egg Whites

  • 2/3 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz Elderflower Liqueur

  • 1/2 oz Midori

  • 2 oz Vodka

  • 1 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Shake dry for 30 second – egg foams better when not cold.
  • Now add ice to the shaker. Vigorously shake again till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.

Notes

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