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Star Hill Date ‘N Honey Cocktail

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It was love at first sight. The perfume and taste on my lips was irresistible. It was 1965 and I was legal marriage age, the problem was I hadn’t reached legal drinking age. I clearly remember my introduction to that beautiful amber elixir called bourbon and confess my illegal transgression. It’s one that no Kentucky court would punish me for because only a Kentuckian can understand the bond with our native spirit.

Star Hill Date ‘N Honey Cocktail

The Maker’s Mark tagline was “It tastes expensive…and is”. That was true in the 60’s and today it still tastes expensive but it’s also a great value. It can be reliably found anywhere in the U.S.A. and earned a permanent place on my bar years ago.

To celebrate my love affair with Maker’s, I decided to create a cocktail. I infused it with dates and honey, added a little of this and that which resulted in a drink so smooth I always want another. It’s garnished with a fresh blackberry. As a child, it was a treat to eat them right off the fence-row and I know there’s a blackberry bramble somewhere on Star Hill.

  • Author: TJ
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
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Ingredients

Infused with Dates and Honey

  • 78 oz Maker’s mark bourbon
  • 34 pitted dates
  • 1” X 3″ X 3/4″ honeycomb
  • 1 oz Antica Carpano sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup (if honeycomb isn’t available for the infusion)
  • 1 Star Anise pod for ceremonial use – optional

Star Anise Pod

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Star Hill Farm Date 'N Honey Cocktail infusion

Alternate Infusion

If you don’t have a piece of honeycomb available you can proceed using dates only

Instructions

  1. Add the ingredients to a Porthole Infuser – or – a mason jar
  2. Allow to infuse for 72 hours and toggle (gently tilt) daily
  3. Decant and strain the infused bourbon and reserve

Using Date and Honey Infusion

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker about 1/3 with ice
  2. Add 2-1/2 oz infused bourbon, 1 oz Antica Carpano sweet vermouth and 2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters to the cocktail shaker
  3. Take the star anise pod and wave it over the cocktail shaker, then carefully return it to the jar
  4. Bruise it (shake vigorously) until well chilled
  5. Double strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass
  6. Garnish with a fresh blackberry

Star Hill Farm Date 'N Honey Cocktail

Using A Date Only Infusion

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker about 1/3 with ice
  2. Add 2 oz of the date infused bourbon and 1 oz of sweet vermouth
  3. Add 1/2 oz honey syrup and 2 dashes of peychauds bitters
  4. Take the star anise pod and wave it over the cocktail shaker, then carefully return it to the jar
  5. Shake vigorously until well chilled
  6. Double strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass
  7. Garnish with fresh blackberry

One more thing…

Full disclosure requires me to confess I am official Ambassador # 1478411 and I appreciate the complimentary bottle that shows up on my doorstep annually.

And just one more thing…

I’ll bet you want to know what’s up with the star anise pod. Shaped like a star I thought it was a nice homage to the Samuels family farm. It was part of the first trial infusion for this cocktail, but it was gol-darned awful. The whole truth is, it was so bad I had to ditch the entire batch of infused bourbon. The heavens wept.

Don't Waste Good Bourbon

And one last thing I promise…

They don’t really send me a bottle om my birthday, that’s illegal.

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