Blood + Honey

gin cocktails

Mead shines in this Limey-ed up cocktail that’s part gin and all class image brian leatart

Spring means flowers and bees and…mead? The ancient honey-fermented beverage has seen a resurgence in line with the all-things-craft movement, finding its way into the hands of experimental mixologists. Mead handily substitutes for bee nectar in classic cocktails and a Blood & Honey is no exception. Featuring blood oranges and, well, honey the drink usually employs bourbon for its boozy effects. But leave it to the Brits to class things up a bit. This inspired iteration from across the pond comes courtesy of the good folks at Cornish Meadery. Here, the whiskey is replaced with gin (of course, it’s English) and Campari is added for some bitter to balance the sweet and lend it a refined finish, similar to a Negroni.

Ingredients
2 1/2 oz. Mead Wine
1 1/2oz. Gin
6 3/4 oz. Blood Orange Juice
1oz. Campari
Blood orange slices, for garnish

What to Do
Mix all liquids in shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a generous martini glass. Garnish with blood orange (or regular orange) slice. Let God save the queen and have a bloody good time!