Hi all! It’s Gab from Artful Desperado with yet another cozy recipe to treat yourself. This one comes in the shape of a cocktail! Can’t go wrong with that, am I right?

One of my favourite drinks is an old fashioned – classic and simple. There are many variations out there, but the one I made for you today is full of flavour with black tea notes, a touch of orange, and the deep, rich, sweetness of burnt honey. Have you ever tried burnt honey? It’s the best! Basically you boil down regular honey until it forms a thick syrup (just before it turns into caramel). This process intensifies the taste of the honey and it makes it super rich and delicious, It’s my new favourite sweetener!

You can experiment with different types of honey to get different flavours – even manuka honey would be good since it has a very oaky aftertaste.

This cocktail is perfect to cozy up with a blanket while reading a book or just chilling on your couch after work (or maybe watching a movie?).

Oh and if you like whiskey sours, the burnt honey is also a great sweetener for it! It adds a really nice depth of flavour without taking over like say, maple syrup.

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Black Tea and Burnt Honey Old Fashioned
Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
– 1 teaspoon black tea (you can use regular black tea or earl grey for a slightly floral touch).
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– ½ cup honey
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 pod star anise
– 2 ½ oz bourbon or rye whiskey
– 2 or 3 dashes of angostura bitters
– A couple pieces of orange peel
– Chunky ice cubes

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Instructions:

1. Place the black tea and sugar in a mortar and pestle and grind until you get semi-fine powder (you can use a blender if you prefer). Note – if you want you can make a big batch and store the contents for more cocktails later on.

2. Place the honey, vanilla, and star anise in a small pot over medium heat and bring it to a gentle simmer. Reduce for 10 minutes or so until you get a deep amber colour and it starts to get big thick bubbles. Remove from the heat and cool down (note: if it’s too thick, add a splash of water and whisk to dilute). Consistency should be syrupy and colour should be that of maple syrup.

3. In a cocktail beaker add 1 teaspoon of the tea and sugar powder mix, 1 tablespoon of the burnt honey syrup (you can reduce this a bit if you don’t like it as sweet), the bourbon, angostura bitters, and orange peel. Stir until syrup and sugar dissolve completely. Once dissolved, add a cube of ice and stir for 20 seconds to cool down the mix.

4. Pour the contents of the beaker in an old fashioned glass with a big ice cube. You can garnish with the other piece of orange peel (I like to squeeze mine on top to release the oils and then I discard it, up to you!)

You can use the leftover burnt honey syrup on your morning tea, on toast, or even as a spread with butter. Yum!

Hope you enjoy this cocktail, I surely did while testing it 😛

Cheers everyone!

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