Backyard NOLA Swingers
Source: Recipe and photo courtesy of National Honey Board
Honey is the flavor of the year, according to fragrance and flavor research firm Firmenich. Mixologists are realizing the potential of this buzz-worthy sweetener as they move toward more natural sweeteners for cocktails. Honey has distinct flavor profiles based on region, soil, climate and nectar type. In this garden-to-glass recipe, Chef Guas blends wildflower honey with jalapeño, grapefruit juice, fresh rosemary and rum, then serves the drink in mason jars for a casual vibe.
2 cups wildflower honey
3/4 cup water
2 quarts grapefruit juice
8 mason jars
1 bottle (750 ml.) dark rum
8 fresh rosemary sprigs
1 medium jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
- Mix honey and water in a large container.
- Stir in grapefruit juice; cover and let stand 1 hour.
- For each serving, place ice in mason jar, so that it is 2/3 full. Add 1/4 cup rum; fill jar with grapefruit juice mixture.
- Pour into shaker; add 1 sprig rosemary and 1 jalapeño slice. Shake for 10 seconds; return drink to the jar. Add more ice, if desired.