Featured Cocktail: The Mead-Fashioned
Mead is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey, and so it makes sense that you might want to pair it with spirits where “honey” could be one of the tasting notes – bourbon being one noteworthy example.
To make a Mead-Fashioned, you’ll need:
- 2 oz Bourbon
- ¾ oz of off-dry, semi-sweet, or sweet mead
- And several Dashes of Aromatic Bitters (we always like to use our Embitterment Aromatic Bitters)
Combine all these ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir until well chilled, strain into a rocks glass over a single large ice cube, and then garnish with a lovely orange twist.
The Mead-Fashioned is a perfect example of using one of the qualities of mead – in this case, sweetness – to sub in for that same quality in a classic cocktail. In this drink, the mead is replacing the sugar cube or the simple syrup, and depending on the sweetness of the mead you’re using, as well as your own personal preferences, you might decide to nudge that ¾ of an oz of mead up or down to fit your palate.
The cool thing, though, is that along with that requisite sweetness, you’re also getting the other flavors that come with the mead, which is going to yield an Old Fashioned riff that is completely distinct from anything else out there.