Homemade Honey Bourbon

Hey everyone, it’s DBG’s Hubs. I’m here with a recipe for a drink that will help stave off the winter chills — homemade honey bourbon.

I first encountered this drink a year ago in the Courtyard Bar at Juban’s. The honey adds a nice natural sweetness to the bourbon and helps to cut some of the bite of the liquor. The bartender was nice enough to give me the recipe.

More and more of the big distilleries are making whiskey or bourbon with notes of honey or maple. But those drinks usually have a cloying artificial taste that you usually associate with crappy breakfast cereals, not good spirits.

Start off with a honeycomb. The good folks at Bocage Bee & Honey can help you out there. They usually have a booth at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market, or you can visit their store in the Drusilla Shopping Center. https://www.facebook.com/BocageBee. Bocage Bee & Honey has a variety of combs, they even have one called “After the Hunt”, which is made for mixing with bourbon. But if they’re out of that, most of their other combs will work fine, although you probably want to steer clear of really floral honey.

Then get one fifth of bourbon. I suggest you use the brand you normally choose for mixing with Coke, 7-Up, or soda water, but it’s up to you and your bank account how much of a big baller and shot caller you want to be. Juban’s uses Maker’s Mark, I use Jim Beam.
Put the comb in a one quart Mason jar. You may have to cut it in half to get it to fit. Then pour the bourbon over the honeycomb. Put the jar away for at least a week.

After a week, take a mixer and break up the honeycomb. A wand mixer works great for this. You should have little bits of comb floating in the bourbon and it will be cloudy. That’s fine.

Wait another week. Line a strainer with cheesecloth and put it on top of a pitcher. Slowly pour the bourbon through. The cheesecloth will catch all of the waxy bits, leaving you with the honey-infused bourbon, which you can pour back into the Mason jar. You can now drink this beverage as you wish — neat, on the rocks, with soda, whatever. My plan is to spend Spanish Town Mardi Gras drinking this with club soda.