The Killing Joke

Created by Greg Best, partner at Ticonderoga Club in Atlanta, this cocktail is bright and tart. This rye slushie has a floral hint on the nose and a touch of ginger spice.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 oz. Rittenhouse rye (or other rye whiskey)
  • 2 oz. lime juice
  • 3½ oz. ginger honey syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 oz. Cocchi Americano
  • 2 dashes Regans’ No. 6 Orange bitters
  • 2 cups 1-by-1-inch ice cubes
  • Garnish: orange wheels and mint sprigs

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth with no large ice chunks (about 20 to 30 seconds). Pour into 14-ounce beer mugs and garnish with orange wheel and mint sprig.

Ginger Honey Syrup

  • 5½ oz. ginger juice
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tbsp. demerara sugar
  • 3 oz. wildflower honey
  • 1 oz. orange flower water
  • 1 oz. water

Combine ginger juice and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk a few seconds. Let cook until sugar has melted, about 6 minutes. Whisk again, then add remaining ingredients and slowly stir until honey has thinned and is fully incorporated into the syrup, about 5 to 6 minutes. Let cool and store in a quart container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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