A good dry traditional mead is quite versatile when it comes to making a solid cocktail, though you need to give it a taste to see what flavors it will best pair with. The HoneyMaker Dry Mead has a fruity profile with prominent peach and citrus notes – which made me decide to make a “sour” cocktail.
To keep the citrus throughout, I’m using Gran Gala Liqueur, a brandy-based orange liqueur from Italy. If you don’t have this (or Grand Marnier) feel free to try it with triple-sec as a substitute.
This cocktail could be one of my favorite mead cocktails I’ve made. It has a lot going for it. It’s sour, sweet, and boozy. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
- 1 oz Gin
- 1.5 oz Dry Traditional Mead (Maine Mead Works HoneyMaker Dry Mead)
- Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz Gran Gala Liqueur
To make simple syrup, combine mix equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and heat and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Cool it down before using. I like to make about 8oz at a time to keep at the ready, that way I don’t have to wait for it to cool. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker starts getting frosty and strain into a glass.
Garnish with a twist of lemon.