This Honey Bourbon and Pear Cider cocktail combines great winter flavors like pine, pear and grapefruit. These flavors go great with the honey of Barenjager Honey and Bourbon!
For those of us that live in areas where winter spreads its icy chill, winter can be a time with lots of extra indoors time with friends! What better way to spend it with a great cocktail that is full of wintry flavors? The Honey Bourbon and Pear Cider cocktail is a great mix of winter flavors. With the honey flavor of the Barenjager Honey and Bourbon, its sure to chase winter’s icy chill away!
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Barenjager Honey and Bourbon
When Barenjager contacted us about making a cocktail for them, we jumped at the chance to work with a spirit that featured two of our favorite ingredients, bourbon and honey! Barenjager Honey and Bourbon is the happy union of old world Germany and American frontier distilling! Barenjager Honey and Bourbon combines a traditional German honey liqueur with Kentucky Bourbon. This makes a delicious honey flavored bourbon.
Being cocktail bloggers, we have tried lots of different samples of flavored whiskeys. Many of these, the flavoring was added almost as an afterthought, concentrating on the whiskey and losing the added flavor. This bottle of Barenjager Honey and Bourbon is definitely not one of those kinds of spirits. They choose instead to highlight the honey. Barenjager used their 350 years of distilling experience making their traditional honey liqueur to come up with a bourbon and honey liqueur blend that is distinctly premium!
Cocktail with Barenjager
When we start out to make a new cocktail, one of the things we always do is to try the components by themselves before we start mixing. This lets get a real sense of the flavor that each ingredient will bring to the party. When we tried the Barenjager Honey and Bourbon, we found a bourbon that had a flavor reminiscent of the honeycomb. The honeycomb is top, but you get hints of the toasted barrels used in the aging of the whiskey.
We really wanted to highlight the honey flavor while still embracing winter flavors. One great winter flavor to us, is grapefruit. It has a nice sweet tart citrus bite that brings a nice counter to the sweetness of the Honey and Bourbon while also adding a nice citrus aroma.
Pine Simple Syrup
Sticking with the seasonal theme, we also added a little pine simple syrup. We recently used our pine syrup in our Pine Old Fashioned, and loved the way that it brought a woodsy sweetness that picked up the caramel flavor in most bourbons. When combined with the Barenjager Honey and Bourbon, we really liked how the pine syrup pulled out the hints of floral and rounded out the sweetness of the honey!
Hard Pear Cider
The Barenjager Honey and Bourbon has a bit of a syrupy quality (kind of like honey!) so we wanted a way to lighten up the cocktail. We decided to top the Honey Bourbon and Pear Cider Cocktail with a hard pear cider. The carbonation of the hard pear cider adds a nice effervescent lightness that keeps the cocktail from being too sweet! If you can’t get a hard pear cider, you can sub in a hard apple cider!
If you are wanting a way to enjoy a fantastic winter cocktail, give the Honey Bourbon and Pear Cider a try!
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- 1 oz Barenjager
- .75 oz pine simple syrup
- .75 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 2.50 oz hard pear cider
- Combine all ingredients but the hard pear cider in a shaker.
- Shake to combine. Pour into glass.
- Top with hard pear cider.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178 Sodium: 21mg Carbohydrates: 22.1g Fiber: .2g Sugar: 3.4g Protein: .1g
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