Chicago beverage director Jef Tate combines equal parts barrel-aged gin and wildflower honey spirit with sesame seed milk (sometimes called ajonjoli), lemon juice and a soda topper for a drink that reads like an alcoholic take on its name, Milk & Honey. “Best shouts to La Isla, the Boricua chicken spot on Broadway, for introducing me to ajonjoli,” says Tate.
- 2 ounces ajonjoli (see Editor’s Note)
- 1 ounce barrel-aged gin, preferably Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat
- 1 ounce Prairie Sunshine honey spirit
- 1/4 ounce moscatel sherry, preferably Valdespino Promesa Moscatel
- 1 barspoon lemon juice
- soda water, to top
Garnish: powdered milk, salt, freeze-dried Manuka honey, freeze-dried PX sherry
- Rim half the glass in a combination of powdered milk, salt, freeze-dried honey and freeze-dried PX sherry (see Editor's Note).
- Combine all ingredients except soda water in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into a Collins glass over a clear ice spear.
1 tablespoon freeze-dried Manuka honey
1/2 tablespoon powdered milk
1 teaspoon freeze-dried PX sherry
1 pinch fleur de sel
Combine all ingredients and pulverize with a mortar and pestle.
Freeze-dried honey and freeze-dried PX sherry are both available from Rare Tea Cellar.