Accept No Substitutes
In this vast world of pleasures and giggles, there is not a soul I love more than Eve Rillette. She is brilliant, hilarious and so cutting with her wit, I never have to sharpen my knives. But occasionally, nay seldom, she comes up with an idea so dumb, I have to debate docking her a few points of street cred. When I mentioned wanting to make a drink called “The Honey Badger” based on my love of Randall’s video about the same, Eve took it as a challenge. And though that wasn’t the intention, I picked up the towel, ready to mop the floor with that bitch. Dirty girls ALWAYS thrown down.
I didn’t want to mess around with mine – if the drink has honey in its name, you’ve got to lead with that. Wild Turkey American Honey Bourbon is the star of the fucking show here – if you haven’t had the stuff yet, do yourself a favor and sip some ASAP. It’ll warm you up in all the right places – yeah, THOSE places. Fresh lemon juice, ginger ale, orange zest and a spring of mint are the supporting cast, forming a drink that tastes a little like a delicate Old Fashioned. I made this for friends the other night and we killed a bottle of bourbon in a hot minute, only left to bask in the afterglow of the glorious, ever-so-true, one and only Honey Badger. Bottoms up!
Cassandra’s Honey Badger
4 oz. of Wild Turkey American Honey Bourbon (can substitute Seagrams 7 Honey)
4 oz. of ginger ale
juice of half a lemon
1 in. piece of orange peel
sprig of mint
Fill a shaker with ice. Add the bourbon, ginger ale and fresh lemon juice. Twist the orange peel into the shaker to release a little of the orange essence and then toss the thing into the mix. Put the top on the shaker and wiggle-wiggle-wiggle until the goodness is well combined. Pour the drink into a rocks glass and garnish with a sprig of mint. Sip and bask in the glow of the glorious Honey Badger.