I Like It Raw

A Honey Gin Martini

I have always loved Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin, which is aged for a few months in charred oak barrels, giving it a sort of whiskey feel. It is completely drinkable on its own, and I say that as a person who has quite a list of liquors I like more than gin. Up until now, I hadn’t had the pleasure of tasting their regular gin, Barr Hill Gin, which is made with raw honey, added just after distillation. And since I managed to score a jar of raw honey, I decided a raw honey-inspired cocktail was in order.

Amateur Hour tip: Don’t use honey that is not raw. It doesn’t mix well, no matter how long you shake it. I learned this after making quite the mess and ultimately decided that raw honey mixes much better, especially if you “dry shake” it first (as in, you leave out the ice).

This drink is simple, with only four ingredients, and that’s refreshing considering the drinks I have been having lately, which usually require something set on fire. You will not have to set anything on fire, unless you really want to.


2 ounces Barr Hill Gin
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce raw honey
A few shakes of Fee Brothers Jasmine water

Pour gin, lemon juice and raw honey into a shaker and dry shake (that means with no ice) to mix. Add some ice in the shaker and shake, then strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Jessie Lacey lives in a bunker in Portland, waiting out the winter.

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