While developing our summer cocktail list our goal was to use local seasonal ingredients in our muddles, smashes and infusions and supplementing flavors with ingredients grown in our own garden.

However our latest crafted inspiration came from a small bottle of honey locally produced in Maplewood. Interestingly enough I was introduced to the sweet syrup during a Sauce Magazine photo shoot with photographer Greg Rannells. The feature by Ligaya Figueras pondered the age-old question of how to culminate a great life through food as we aptly bonded over a pot of Moroccan mint tea that Rannells generously hand-picked and brewed fresh from his garden.

What I learned was that above and beyond his talents as a photographer, Rannells was also a professional bee keeper; proudly showing off the voluptuous queen bee he had recently acquired. I must have made a good impression because I was sent home skipping with my very own golden bottle of homemade honey!

Inspired by my first batch of homemade bee nectar, our new summer drink was born. Composed of concentrated honey syrup, fresh lemon and good old fashioned bourbon, “Honey I’m Home” infuses every sip with rich honey flavor.

Honey I’m Home Cocktail: Serves 2

4oz Your Favorite Bourbon                                                                                       2oz Local Woodside Urban Honey Syrup (Boil 2 parts honey to 1 part water)                                                                                                                                  ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice                                                                                             Garnish with a cherry and serve chilled on the rocks. Enjoy!

Purus Rose and Honey I’m Home Cocktails

Our Purus Rose cocktail blends organic wheat vodka with rose water and fresh squeezed lemon juice. However this champagne laden cocktail is dusted and topped with a perfumed rose petal from our own garden adding a fresh aroma to the already fragrant beverage.