The Kids are Asleep
Being a parent is pretty fun, most of the time. But, I’ll be the first to tell you it ain’t all unicorns and Magnatiles.
Over the past few weeks Betsy and I have had a few nights were one or both of us is sick, or the kids are being particularly nefarious. On certain nights I’ve found myself just staring at the clock while Theo literally climbs me and wants to know why men sometimes take their shirts off? Without getting into the subtleties of patriarchal society, I tell him, “Because they are sweaty. Please stop pulling my hair.”
One minute ticks off the clock.
When both kids are finally asleep, Bets and I will stumble downstairs and sometimes, some nights, it’s important to make a cocktail before you even begin to tackle the piles of dishes, toys, and laundry. For those nights, I give you this Bourbon Honey Cocktail. It’s almost like a hot toddy, but over ice. It’s completely sip-able, soothing, and requires almost no thought and few ingredients.
Relax. The kids are asleep. For now.
- Add bourbon, lemon juice, orange bitters, and honey to a shaker. Stir well until honey is completely dissolved.
- Add ice and shake hard for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a glass with ice and garnish with a lemon peel slice.
- Sip while relaxing.
Bourbon Honey Cocktail
The key to this cocktail is it’s simplicity. Use decent bourbon, real honey, and fresh lemon.
A little dash of orange bitters is a nice touch if you have it, but it’s optional.
Stir up all the ingredients really well so the honey dissolves. Then shake vigorously with ice for 30 seconds. That’ll chill the drink well and also water it down a tiny bit, which is good actually.
Then strain into a nice cup with cocktail ice if you happen to have it.
If you have one of these, you’ll feel like Mary Poppins cleaning up the toys.