This cocktail is special to me because crafting it was the first time creating cocktails really clicked in my head: find inspiration and experiment with things you like. The inspiration for this drink came from The PDT Cocktail Book, one of the definitive texts in the craft cocktail renaissance we are currently experiencing. We took the original ingredients, played with the proportions, and added a unique flavor of bitters we were excited to try. The Prospector is the perfect bourbon drinker’s summer cocktail: super refreshing and balanced but still boozy.
A note on ingredients and equipment:
This drink really gets the best results with Elijah Craig 12-year bourbon. Bonus: Elijah Craig makes an excellent sipping bourbon for the nights you’re not feeling ambitious enough to mix a cocktail.
To make honey syrup: combine 2 parts honey with 1 part hot water and stir to combine.
The Blackstrap bitters by Bittercube make a significant contribution to this cocktail. They keep a long time on the shelf and even longer in the fridge so I’d say they are definitely worth the $10 investment. You can purchase them here: http://bittercube.com/products/
This is a shaken cocktail so a shaker glass with a strainer is best, but if you have two glasses that fit snugly together you’re in business
2 oz Elijah Craig 12-year bourbon
.75 oz honey syrup
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
1 dash Bittercube Blackstrap bitters
Combine ingredients in a shaker glass filled with ice.
Shake hard for about 15 seconds
Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. If you have a fine strainer, use it to filter out the small shards of ice
Pro Tip: Trays to make the large ice cubes are inexpensive and make a huge improvement to your whiskey experience. Look for King Cube at Bed Bath & Beyond or on Amazon.